Urban Forest Management PlanEstimated Amount to be requested from the CSF: $63,760
Letter of Intent:
Define the campus environmental problem that you are attempting to solve:
There has not been a comprehensive assessment of the urban forest on the UW Seattle campus, and the Landscape Grounds Operations office does not have the resources to conduct one. Without the information that such an assessment would provide, the campus arborist and Landscape Grounds Operations team cannot effectively manage the tree collection. Problems resulting from the current lack of information include the following:
• Loss in tree diversity
• Inadequate protection and/or compensation for valuable trees lost to campus construction projects
• Inability to address all hazard trees before they fail
• Insufficient information for students who study campus trees
• Outdated public outreach materials related to the campus landscape
• Inefficient use of funds for piecemeal assessments that are inconsistently conducted for individual building projects
Describe your proposed solution to this problem:
1. Conduct a forest resources assessment. Hire a private contractor to assess condition (including hazard assessment), verify location, determine level of significance (according to UW rating system of extraordinary/exemplary/significant established by UW landscape architect, Kristine Kenney), and produce digital photographic records for every tree on campus. Sara Shores, campus arborist, has recently completed a tree inventory database with associated GIS mapping for all trees on campus. This inventory would be used as a guide and would considerably reduce the amount and cost of labor that would otherwise be necessary.
2. Develop a strategic plan for management of the UW urban forest. Use information obtained through the assessment to plan for increasing overall canopy cover, promoting safety, improving air and water quality, building diversity of species, and developing greater aesthetic and educational value. 3. Create/Update educational outreach opportunities directly related to trees on campus. Develop student capstone projects surrounding the forest resources assessment and the development of the strategic plan. Update the Brockman Tree Tour by replacing signage with improved materials that allow for modifications such as tree growth, updated cultural references, and the addition or removal of trees from the tour. Develop web resources for public outreach that would include information and mapping for native trees, memorial trees, and extraordinary/exemplary/significant trees on campus.
What form and amount of student leadership will your project involve? Professional leadership will rest primarily with staff, who will design and manage multiple opportunities for student involvement: