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Natural Resource Stewardship forHomeowner Associations Presented by: (Leader’s Name/Agency)
Trees & Natural Resources are Valuable HOA Assets • There are many benefits trees and natural resources provide to your community: • Increased Property Values • Air Pollution Control • Water Quality Protection • Stormwater Management • Energy Use Reduction • Improved Aesthetics • View Screening/Privacy • Recreation • Sense of Place/Identity • Wildlife Habitat • Educational Opportunities
Do We Really Have Natural Resources? Forests Streams Landscape Trees Natural Basins Wetlands
Landscape Trees - Benefits • Shade/Cooling/Wind Protection • Privacy/Screening • Air and Water Quality • Stormwater Mitigation • Aesthetics/Higher Property Value
Landscape Trees - Responsibilities • Maintenance • Replacement Planting • Monitoring
Woodlands - Benefits • Stormwater Mitigation • Hillside Stabilization • Privacy and Buffering • Air and Water Quality • Wildlife Habitat • Carbon Storage • Recreation • Higher Property Values
Woodlands - Responsibilities • Maintenance for Safety Along Trails and at Edges • Monitoring for Insects and Disease • Storm Damage Correction
Streams - Benefits • Stormwater Mitigation • Higher Property Values • Recreation • Wildlife Habitat
Streams - Responsibilities • Erosion Control • Maintenance for Blockages • Litter and Debris Control • Monitoring • Pollution Prevention
Wetlands - Benefits • Water Quality • Stormwater Control • Recreation • Wildlife Habitat
Wetlands - Responsibilities • Litter and Debris Control • Monitoring for Invasive Plants • Pollution Prevention • Restoration
Naturalized Stormwater Basins - Benefits • Water Quality • Stormwater Mitigation • Wildlife Habitat • Aesthetics
Naturalized Stormwater Basins - Responsibilities • Maintenance of Slopes and Outlets • Maintenance of Plantings • Litter and Debris Control • Monitoring
HOA Concerns and Issues • Legal Responsibilities • Enforce rules • Execute contracts • Financial Responsibilities • Manage funds • Set budgets • Pay bills • Community Responsibilities • Monitor contracts for performance/quality • Understand and comply with requirements of local and state government • Maintain a high quality of life for the Association and residents
There is Help! • Natural Resource Management Expertise • County Extension Offices and Agents • Certified Arborists and Foresters • Soil and Water Conservation Districts • Park Districts • Rules and Regulations Expertise • Municipal Forester • City/County Manager • Planning Department
Owner’s Manual – Natural Resource Stewardship for Homeowner Associations
Get Started with DIY Projects • Plant landscape trees • Plant tree seedlings or sow wildflower seeds in rarely used lawn areas • Mulch and water landscape trees • Prune small trees • Eliminate litter in streams, wetlands, and stormwater basins • Create a rain garden • Erect birdhouses and plant wildlife food plots • Review or create new maintenance specifications and monitor all work by contractors • Take an inventory of your natural resources • Meet with local experts and government staff for advice and planning • Conduct education programs and special events for the residents, like an Arbor Day or Earth Day celebration
Seek Professionals When Needed • Large Tree Maintenance and Storm Damage Correction • Landscape Tree Planting • Safety Risk Inspections • Invasive Plant Species Control • Water Quality Testing • Streambank Stabilization • Maintenance or any Work on Steep Slopes
Natural Resource Stewardship Assistance • Locally • (insert presenter’s organization if applicable) • (insert city/county agency[s]) • (insert local university extension office) • (insert local soil & water conservation district) • Nationally • National Arbor Day Foundation • International Society of Arboriculture
Make Natural Resource Stewardship a Priority for Your HOA and Community!
Questions? The work upon which this presentation is based was funded in whole or in part through a grant awarded by the Northeastern Area State and Private Forestry, U.S. Forest Service.