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Ordinances to protect and enhance Tree Populations. Brian Wolyniak Urban Forester Penn State Extension. Resources. Managing Natural Resources: A Guide for Municipal Commissions Available online: pubs.cas.psu.edu. Urban Forest Problems. Lack of commitment

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ordinances to protect and enhance tree populations
Ordinances to protect and enhance Tree Populations

Brian Wolyniak

Urban Forester

Penn State Extension

resources
Resources

Managing Natural Resources:

A Guide for Municipal Commissions

Available online:

pubs.cas.psu.edu

urban forest problems
Urban Forest Problems
  • Lack of commitment
  • Lack of community awareness and support
  • Low funding and priority
  • Poor administration
  • Poor decision-making
  • Poor site analysis and design
  • Poor maintenance
ordinances
Ordinances
  • Police power
    • Authority to protect safety, health, and welfare of all people
  • State codes and legislation establish powers of municipal governments
  • Ordinances provide legal standing
    • More difficult to change than a resolution
types of ordinances
Types of Ordinances
  • Riparian, floodplain, steep slope, and wetland
    • Restricts areas from development, grading, and vegetation removal
  • Stormwater
    • Regulates impervious surfaces, peak flows, and landscaping
  • Timber harvest
    • Regulates timber harvest activities
  • Zoning
    • Regulates density and type of land use, including tree and natural resource protection
  • Subdivision and land development
    • Procedural and design standards for development
    • Can specify placement of trees and landscaping, sidewalks, etc.
  • Tree preservation
    • Preserves and protects trees and their growing environment in development
types of ordinances1
Types of Ordinances
  • Street/shade tree
    • Protects and enhances municipal-owned trees on streets and in parks and other municipal-owned space
    • Manages hazardous or nuisance trees
    • Manages disease and insect problems
    • Usually only applies to public property
    • Establishes and provides authority of shade tree commission
street tree ordinance contents
Street Tree Ordinance Contents
  • Location
    • Where in municipal code
  • Purpose
    • Why needed, what does
  • Definitions
  • Establishment and authority of tree commission
  • Completion and review of community tree plan
  • Duties/Authority
    • Who - urban forester/arborist
street tree ordinance contents1
Street Tree Ordinance Contents
  • Protection of trees
    • Also use zoning ordinance
  • Appeal procedure
    • commission or other
  • Enforcement and restitution
  • Permits
    • Removal, pruning, planting
  • Permit process
    • Administrative or tree commission
  • Arboriculture practices
    • Appendix
  • Public safety/nuisance
    • private and public property
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Brian Wolyniak [email protected]

Urban Forester 412-473-2540

Penn State Extension

Allegheny County Office

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