Austin, TX (January 15, 2014) – Austin’s Environmental Board has unanimously approved an Urban Forestry Plan as a first step to better protecting the 7.3 million trees on city property. City of Austin leaders have been working to establish some kind of plan since the 1950s, with little success until now.
The Urban Forest Master Plan is multi-faceted and lays out a long-term strategy for preserving public trees. According to the city’s urban forester, the structural value alone of the city’s urban forest is about $4 billion.
A final draft of the Urban Forest Master Plan is expected to be completed in late January or early February. Then the plan will go to the Austin City Council for approval. Watch the video to learn more.
Source: “Austin Environmental Board approves forest plan,” KVUE News