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2 HRM Urban Forest Master Plan HRMs Urban Forest History Themes in the Plan Management Framework Status of the Plan Today

3 HRMs Urban Forest The peri-urban forest Halifax is expanding 157,000 HRM-owned street trees Private residential trees

4 Challenges Development Species and age-class diversity (Norway maple, over mature street trees) Construction/conflict with infrastructure Imperviousness/plantable sites Invasive species (DED, EAB, ALB, and many other acronyms) Climate change Lack of knowledge

5 History and Genesis of the Plan

6 Halifaxs urban forest in 1750: dark and dangerous surrounding forest… and the gallows tree

7 History Trees cleared for development and strategic reasons (Citadel and forts) Trees widely planted in early/mid 20 th century European influence Prolific Norway maple, elm, and linden Lack of management (and tree planting) in late 20 th century Advent of research, management plans, model, tools, etc. for SUFM

8 Genesis of the Plan Regional Council Motion HRM UFMP policy in 2006 Regional Plan Dalhousie/HRM collaboration UFORE, STRATUM,LiDAR,GIS Public Engagement 2010 UFMP Team Dalhousie: Peter Duinker, James Steenberg, Gary Davidson, Jen Ross, Justin Hack HRM: John Charles, Peter Bigelow, John Simmons

9 Themes in the Plan: The Neighbourhood Approach

10 UFMP Study Area

11 10 Communities

12 111 Neighbourhoods

13 Four Scales of UF Management UFMP Study Area Community Neighbourhood Neighbourhood Division

14 Neighbourhood Analysis

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16 Neighbourhood Canopy Targets North End: 70% Stadacona: 20% Mulgrave Park: 20% NSCC: 20% Novalea Centre: 20% Oland Brewery:20% Parks: 40%

17 Forest stands/ naturalized areas Riparian zones Value trees

18 STRATUM

19 Neighbourhood Types

20 Landscape Pattern Language

21 Network Patchwork Ribbon Belt Wedge Dartmouth Today

22 Network Patchwork Ribbon Belt Wedge Dartmouth Tomorrow

23 The Management Framework

24 Operational Principles 1.Comprehensive approach 2.Urban forest values 3.Space and location 4.Time and timing 5.Climate change 6.Naturalness 7.Invasive species 8.Public understanding 9.Stewardship 10.Priority-setting 11.Green infrastructure 12.Sense of identity 13.Cooperation and partnerships 14.Equity 15.Integrated planning

25 Values, Objectives, Indicators, Targets (VOITs)

26 Actions Three major types of actions: 1.Actions derived from VOITs 2.Actions derived from Operational Principles 3.Policy-based actions (e.g. MPS,LUB amendments).

27 Status of the Plan 1.VOIT development in summer, Community engagement in summer, Neighbourhood classification and analysis in spring/summer, Management framework development in summer, First draft completed in early September, Plan released to Steering Committee and public in fall, Regional Council, 2012


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