Community Meeting on Tampa's Urban Forest Management Plan - October 5

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The City of Tampa is holding a meeting on Wednesday, October 5 from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. to discuss the development of the city’s Urban Forest Management Plan and the results of the Neighborhood Survey on Urban Trees. The meeting will be held at the David Barksdale Senior Citizen Center, located at 1801 N. Lincoln Street.

The City conducted its first tree canopy analysis in 2006 and is required to conduct an analysis and comparison every five years. The purpose of the study is not only to provide detailed analysis of the structural and spatial change to Tampa’s urban forest since 2006, but to develop a science-based, publicly–supported and fiscally responsible Urban Forest Management Plan. In 2006, Tampa had an estimated 7.8 million trees with a replacement value of $1.4 billion.

In addition to staff from the City of Tampa, representatives from the University of South Florida, University of Florida, and Hillsborough County Extension Service will also be on hand to present information and take questions from the audience during the meeting. Anyone interested in this topic is urged to attend.

In accordance with the American Disabilities Act and Section 286.26 Florida Statutes, persons with disabilities needing special accommodations to participate in this meeting should contact the Kathy Beck, City of Tampa Parks and Recreation Department, (813) 274-5158, at least 48 hours prior to the date of the meeting.