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Urban & Community Forest Management Plan

What is the urban & community forest?

The urban and community forest is all of the woody vegetation growing in an urban area, including trees, shrubs, and vines found along city streets, public parks and private property.  The City is responsible for managing an urban forest that contains over 43,000 street trees and 6,600 park trees (mowed areas).

Ann Arbor's First Urban & Community Forest Management Plan

Thank you to the residents and community members who have participated in the development of the city's first Urban and Community Forest Management Plan.  The final plan will be submitted to City Council in early summer 2014 for action. 

Public Engagement

View the Urban & Community Forest Management Public Engagement Plan summary (PDF) to learn about each of the public engagement activities and the groups involved. Also, look below for additional supporting materials:  


Public Workshops- Issues & Opportunities (Summer 2010)​

Workshop Presentation (PDF)
Public Workshop Summary (PDF)

Community Survey- Issues &Opportunities (August-October 2010)​

Survey Results Summary (PDF)

​Public Outreach- Draft Recommendation Feedback (September 2012)

Background Information- Online Survey/A2 Open City Hall (September 2012)
Background Presentation (PDF)

Survey Results Presentation-- DRAFT Recommendations (Fall 2012)-- PDF​

Stakeholder Focus Groups ​

Focus Group 1 (February 2011): Common Themes & Meeting Notes (PDF)

Focus Group 2 (May 2011): Draft Goals & Meeting Notes (PDF)

Focus Group 3 (March 2012): Recommendations Feedback Activity & Meeting Notes (PDF) 

List of Invited Stakeholders (PDF)​


 Advisory Committee

Basic Information (What? Who?) (PDF)

Meeting 1 (April 2011): 
         Agenda & Presentation (PDF)
         Meeting Notes (PDF)

Meeting 2 (May 2011):
         Agenda & Meeting Materials (PDF)
         Meeting Notes (PDF)

Meeting 3 (June 2011):
         Agenda & Meeting Materials (PDF)
         Meeting Notes (PDF)  

Meeting 4 (July 2011)
         Agenda & Meeting Materials (PDF)
         Meeting Notes (PDF) 

Meeting 5 (November 2011)
         Agenda & Presentation
         Meeting Notes (PDF)

Meeting 6 (December 2011)
         Agenda & Presentation (PDF)
         Meeting Notes (PDF)

Meeting 7 (January 2012)
         Agenda & Presentation (PDF)
         Meeting Notes (PDF)

Meeting 8 (February 2012)
         Agenda & Presentation (PDF)
         Meeting Notes (PDF)
         AC Recommendation
Activity Results
         Working Group Recommendation Feedback Activity Results (PDF)

Meeting 9 (May 2012)

         Presentation (PDF)
         Meeting Notes (PDF)

Meeting 10 (December 2012)
         Presentation (PDF)
         Meeting Notes (PDF)

 General Materials 

Plan Development Schedule (PDF)

Example Urban Forest Management Plans (PDF)

Public Engagement Common Themes Chart (PDF)

Draft Goals (PDF)


Trees growing along city streets are part of Ann Arbor's urban forest.


The development of the Urban Forest Management Plan is part of a larger City effort to maintain a sustainable urban forest.  The first step in this effort occurred in 2009 with the completion of the city's comprehensive
GIS-based street and park tree inventory

 E-mail pictureSTAY INFORMED! 
To receive updates on the Management Plan process and to learn about opportunities to participate in public workshops during plan development click the red envelope above and sign up for Forestry and Urban Forest Management Plan notifications   


Kerry Gray
Urban Forestry & Natural Resources Planner
(734) 794-6430 Ext. 43703




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