Urban Forest Plan: Community Advisory Board (CAB) workshop #3
This workshop was the last of three workshops for the Community Advisory Board. The workshops have helped complete the matrix below. The matrix is one part of how the project is evaluating the condition of Boston's urban forest and how well it's being sustainably managed.
This workshop's theme was "the management approach" which focused on street trees and open space that is City-owned and managed by Boston Parks Department. It was recognized, however, that there are many other departments, individuals, and organizations that participate in the management of urban forests. Because of the varied nature of their involvement in the urban forest, it would be difficult to encompass their management approaches in the matrix While not included in the matrix, all are important and will be considered in the development of the Urban Forest Plan.
There's still a ways to go in the project and the Community Advisory Board will continue to guide the project and meet in other forms. To learn more about the Community Advisory Board or how to get involved with the Urban Forest Plan, visit the Urban Forest Plan website.
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On September 27, 2021, the Community Advisory Board convened its third of three workshops with community stakeholders, City staff, and project consultants. These workshops are designed as a forum for the community to collectively explore current conditions in Boston, and start to identify challenges and solutions to the most pressing issues. In other words, the workshops provide a systematic and facilitated method for the community at-large to self-evaluate the sustainability of Boston's urban forest.
The purpose of this workshop was to continue the self-assessment process, discussing the third set of indicators of a sustainable urban forest: The Management Approach, along with two special topics - tree protection and goal setting. This workshop was held virtually using Zoom Webinar, and was attended by a total of 57 people.
The Management Approach set of criteria are primarily related to City operations and care of the urban forest. A 15-minute presentation. Much like the first workshop, the performance level in each indicator was determined ahead of time based on quantitative data (unlike the second workshop on the Players, in which the findings were more qualitative, subjective, and thus set by attendees). The results showing the score of each indicator are in Figure 2. The remaining 90 minutes were used for exploration of two topics: Tree Protection Regulations and Goal Setting. Input was collected through 1) live polling, 2) group discussion via two Roundtables, as well as 3) a full online comment form that participants were asked to fill out (15 forms were submitted).
A summary of input received in this workshop follows.