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Per RES-17-00659, File ID# 47689 - Creating the Urban Forestry Task Force to complete the following actions/duties: - Review available research and best practices on promoting a vibrant, healthy, and sustainable urban forest. - Review City policies, practices, programs, and operations that impact the urban forest (e.g. Zoning Code, Emerald Ash Borer Mitigation Plan). - Solicit input from local stakeholders with additional information on the issue as needed (e.g. WI DNR). - Develop recommendations for the Mayor, Common Council, Committees or Commissions, and/or City agencies on the establishment of a Canopy Coverage Goal and action plan for the city covering both public and private trees. - Develop recommendations for the Mayor, Common Council, Committees or Commissions, and/or City agencies to preserve and expand our urban forest resources through a well-planned and systematic approach to tree management. - Develop recommendations to encourage private landowners to protect, preserve and promote a diverse and sustainable urban forest. - Provide guidance for a long-term strategy to departments to promote the sustainability of a healthy urban forest. Per RES-20-00072, File ID# 55206 - final report accepted and committee dissolved. Effective date 1-27-2020 (Council date: 1/21/2020)