Urban Forest Management Plan

Meridian, Missouri, USA

The urban and community forest is a defining and valued characteristic of the City of Meridian helping to make it a desirable place to live, work and play. It is made up of the trees, shrubs and woody vegetation growing along city streets, in public parks, and on institutional and private property. The urban and community forest provides many environmental, economic and social benefits to the community, including reducing stormwater runoff, improving water and air quality, moderating summer temperatures, lowering utility costs, improving quality of life, and beautifying the city.

While the urban and community forest serves as an important and integral part of the city, serious challenges have negatively impacted the care and management of the city-managed trees within it. The city is currently undergoing a restructuring of the urban forestry program and the departments/divisions/personnel responsible. The purpose of the Urban Forest Management Plan (UFMP/Plan) is to provide a framework for the city to utilize when restructuring the urban forestry program to effectively manage the urban and community forest as a sustainable asset, consistent with the values and needs of the community, while maximizing its benefits

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Stormwater Savings – 1,811,953 gal

Willow Oak

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