Fort Worth (CBSDFW.COM) – On May 17, Fort Worth City Council announced plans to move forward in partnership with the Texas Trees Foundation to create the city’s first urban forest management plan.
The Fort Worth Urban Forestry Master Plan is the latest effort in Fort Worth’s ongoing efforts to protect, expand and manage its green infrastructure.
According to the U.S. Forest Service, urban forests provide many benefits to both humans and wildlife. They help filter air and water, control stormwater, save energy and provide animals with habitat.
Urban forests also beautify the urban environment and strengthen public ties by reducing noise and providing residents with places to play and interact. They also add economic value to cities and can help mitigate some of the effects of man-made climate change.
“The Fort Worth Urban Forestry Master Plan initiative is the perfect next step in our efforts to protect cherished natural amenities that residents will enjoy for generations to come,” said Mayor Matthew Parker.
The planning effort will be led by the Fort Worth Department of Development Services and the Texas Trees Foundation, who say they will consult with community stakeholders, developers and forestry experts to develop a report that recommends the best way to maintain and improve urban forests. .
The plan will include identifying strategic partners, identifying priority and conservation areas, reassessing citywide tree crown goals, and recommending changes to the Urban Forestry Regulation.
“Trees are a vital pillar of a healthy society, and we look forward to working with the City of Fort Worth and our funding partners to create a master plan for the city’s forest fund that will leave a green legacy for future generations,” said Janet Manear. CEO of the Texas Trees Foundation.
Along with the city’s $ 50,000 contribution from the Tree Fund Collection, the Texas Trees Foundation will contribute a minimum of $ 250,000 to the project. This money will come from partnerships and donations from various organizations.