Part of the basic framework of a community’s forest management program is the development of a community forest management plan and annual work plans. In public tree ordinances in both small and large communities, the requirement for such a plan is often described.
The Arbor Day Foundation’s Sample City Tree Ordinance simply states that the city tree board has the responsibility to “…develop and/or update annually, and administer a written plan for the care, preservation, pruning, planting, replanting, removal or disposition of trees and shrubs in parks, along streets and in other public areas.”
It further states that “…such plan will be presented annually to the City Commission and upon their acceptance and approval shall constitute the official comprehensive city tree plan for the City…”.
The responsibility for the development and updating of these plans is given to the tree board in many tree ordinances, but may also be given to the community arborist or forester. Brunswick has adopted the language from the Arbor Day Foundation in Section 2-348 which describes the duties of their Park and Tree Board in the development of their comprehensive tree plan, as follows.
It shall be the responsibility of the park and tree board to study, investigate, develop, update annually and oversee the administration of a written plan for the care, preservation, pruning, planting, replanting, removal or disposition of trees and shrubs in parks, along streets and in other public areas. Such plan will be presented annually to the city commission and shall constitute the official comprehensive tree plan for the city, upon acceptance and approval by the city commission.
Listed below are the communities in Georgia that include the requirement for the development of a city tree plan or community forest management plan–a duty often assigned to the tree board or city arborist.
- Avondale Estates
- Richmond Hill
- Union Point