Urban Forest Plan

UFP logo.png Trees provide numerous benefits in an urban environment and create a sense of community. Along with providing shade, saving energy, and improving air quality and public health, trees mitigate climate change, reduce stormwater runoff, increase property values, and create wildlife habitats. For these reasons and more, the City of Alameda is developing its Urban Forest Plan, which will update the City’s existing street tree plan and expand the scope to include park trees, trees in easement areas, trees near power lines that are maintained by Alameda Municipal Power and trees on private and other non-City of Alameda properties. This newly updated Plan will guide the City’s operations and activities, including expanding and maintaining the tree canopy for the next 10 years.

Urban Forest Plan Survey

The City of Alameda would like your input and comments to help guide the Urban Forest Plan! A survey is now available for you to provide feedback about items such as where you would like to see more trees planted, what goals you would like the City to set, and how the City can best help you care for trees on your property. You can take the survey by clicking here

Background

An update and expansion of the 2010 Master Street Tree Plan as an Urban Forest Plan and expanding the urban forest was identified as an action item in the City's 2019 Climate Action and Resiliency Plan (CARP) to achieve goals related to carbon sequestration, urban heat island mitigation, cleaning and slowing stormwater runoff, reducing building energy use, advancing social equity, and contributing to a high quality of life for all Alamedans.

The City’s Urban Forest Plan is intended to be strategic in advancing social equity and contributing to an improved quality of life by providing the benefits of the urban tree canopy to all community members, which includes improvement of overall emotional and psychological health, and improvement of physical health.

Fast Facts:

  • 25,962 total trees in the City managed inventory
  • The City’s tree inventory is comprised of 301 unique species
  • The London plane sycamore is the most common City tree comprising 15.8% of the inventory 
  • City-wide canopy cover is 10.4%
  • Canopy cover by census tract ranges from a low of 3% to a high of 21.1%
  1. Update the previous Master Street Tree Plan to include park trees and promote an increase in the overall canopy, including trees not managed by the city.
    1. Thus, Alameda’s Street tree plan will become the Urban Forest Plan. (The 2010 Master Street Tree Plan can be downloaded at https://www.alamedaca.gov/Departments/Public-Works-Department/Street-Trees.)
  2. Develop a forward-focused plan and policies based on the needs of the City.
    1. The newly updated Urban Forest Plan will guide the City’s operations and activities, including expanding and maintaining the tree canopy, for the next 10 years.
  3. Review the structure and funding of urban forest management.
    1. The City currently employs one full-time arborist within the Public Works Department for tree planting, removal, and maintenance. The Plan will propose future staffing and contracts, effective organizational structures, and recommend funding tools for a proactive Urban Forest Program.

October 2022

January 2023

  • Two Public Outreach Events
  • Online Survey

February

  • Public Outreach Event

March

  • Public Listening Session

April

  • Close Online Survey

June

  • First Draft of UFP

July

  • Two Public Outreach Events

August

  • Public Outreach Event

September

  • Final Draft of UFP

October 2023

  • Final Urban Forest Master Plan presented to Council

The City of Alameda will hold a series of community events throughout the creation of the Urban Forest Plan. In January and February, the city will attend three local pop-up events. Alameda will also host a public listening session in March to provide an opportunity for the public to review the Urban Forest Plan concepts and share their thoughts. Stay tuned for more ways to get involved and be sure to sign up for Urban Forest Updates on the side of the page here.

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