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File #: 55206    Version: Name: Accepting the final report and recommendations from the Urban Forestry Task Force.
Type: Resolution Status: Passed
File created: 3/27/2019 In control: BOARD OF PUBLIC WORKS
On agenda: 12/3/2019 Final action: 1/21/2020
Enactment date: 1/27/2020 Enactment #: RES-20-00072
Title: SECOND SUBSTITUTE - Accepting the final report and recommendations from the Urban Forestry Task Force.
Sponsors: Sheri Carter, Keith Furman
Attachments: 1. Revised 2019 Urban Forestry Task Force Report.pdf, 2. 1/21/20 Urban Forestry Task Force PowerPoint Presentation.pdf, 3. 2019 Urban Forestry Task Force Final Report/Recommendations.pdf, 4. 9/3/19 Si Widstrand Email.pdf, 5. 8/12/19 SUBSTITUTE Page 11 / Urban Forestry Task Force Report.pdf, 6. 8/2/19 Sandra Ward Email TPPB Members.pdf, 7. 7/22/19 SMC Proposed Amendment to Resolution.pdf, 8. 7/3/19 UDC Recommendation ForestryReport.pdf, 9. 4/4/19 UFTF Meeting - Early Draft for Discussion.pdf, 10. UFTF Report Parks Comments Memo.pdf, 11. v1.pdf, 12. Comment to Park Commission on Trees Report.pdf, 13. UFTF report Parks staff recommendations for BPC consideration.pdf
Date Ver.Action ByActionResultAction DetailsMeeting DetailsWatch
1/21/20203 COMMON COUNCIL AdoptPass Action details Meeting details Not available
12/19/20192 URBAN FORESTRY TASK FORCE (ended 1/2020)    Not available Meeting details Not available
12/3/20192 COMMON COUNCIL Re-referPass Action details Meeting details Not available
12/3/20192 COMMON COUNCIL Refer  Action details Meeting details Not available
11/19/20192 COMMON COUNCIL Refer to a future Meeting to AdoptPass Action details Meeting details Not available
11/6/20192 BOARD OF PARK COMMISSIONERS RECOMMEND TO COUNCIL WITH THE FOLLOWING RECOMMENDATIONS - REPORT OF OFFICER  Action details Meeting details Not available
10/2/20192 BOARD OF PARK COMMISSIONERS ReferPass Action details Meeting details Not available
9/4/20192 BOARD OF PARK COMMISSIONERS ReferPass Action details Meeting details Not available
8/19/20192 COMMITTEE ON THE ENVIRONMENT (ended 6/2020) Return to Lead with the Following Recommendation(s)Pass Action details Meeting details Not available
8/12/20191 PLAN COMMISSION Return to Lead with the Recommendation for ApprovalPass Action details Meeting details Not available
8/12/20192 FINANCE COMMITTEE Return to Lead with the Recommendation for ApprovalPass Action details Meeting details Not available
8/5/20191 TRANSPORTATION POLICY AND PLANNING BOARD    Not available Meeting details Not available
7/31/20191 URBAN DESIGN COMMISSION Return to Lead with the Recommendation for ApprovalPass Action details Meeting details Not available
7/22/20191 SUSTAINABLE MADISON COMMITTEE Return to Lead with the Recommendation for ApprovalPass Action details Meeting details Not available
7/17/20191 BOARD OF PUBLIC WORKS Return to Lead with the Recommendation for ApprovalPass Action details Meeting details Not available
7/3/20191 BOARD OF PARK COMMISSIONERS Referred  Action details Meeting details Not available
7/3/20191 BOARD OF PARK COMMISSIONERS Referred  Action details Meeting details Not available
7/3/20191 BOARD OF PARK COMMISSIONERS Referred  Action details Meeting details Not available
7/3/20191 BOARD OF PARK COMMISSIONERS Referred  Action details Meeting details Not available
7/3/20191 BOARD OF PARK COMMISSIONERS Referred  Action details Meeting details Not available
7/2/20191 BOARD OF PARK COMMISSIONERS Referred  Action details Meeting details Not available
7/2/20191 BOARD OF PARK COMMISSIONERS Referred  Action details Meeting details Not available
7/2/20191 COMMON COUNCIL ReferPass Action details Meeting details Not available
7/1/20191 Parks Division Referred for Introduction  Action details Meeting details Not available
6/27/20191 URBAN FORESTRY TASK FORCE (ended 1/2020)    Action details Meeting details Not available
5/30/20191 URBAN FORESTRY TASK FORCE (ended 1/2020) Re-referPass Action details Meeting details Not available
5/2/20191 URBAN FORESTRY TASK FORCE (ended 1/2020) Re-referPass Action details Meeting details Not available
4/18/20191 URBAN FORESTRY TASK FORCE (ended 1/2020) Re-referPass Action details Meeting details Not available
4/4/20191 URBAN FORESTRY TASK FORCE (ended 1/2020) ReferPass Action details Meeting details Not available

Fiscal Note

The proposed resolution accepts the final report and recommendations from the Urban Forestry Task Force. The report includes 46 recommendations for future action. Accepting the report does not have an immediate fiscal impact but implementing the recommendations may result in the need for increased funding in the future.

 

Title

SECOND SUBSTITUTE - Accepting the final report and recommendations from the Urban Forestry Task Force.

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WHEREAS, the Urban Forestry Task Force was created by the City of Madison Common Council at their August 1, 2017 meeting and charged with the following objectives:

 

• 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 to 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 to 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; and,

 

WHEREAS, the Task Force included:

 

Chair: Jeremy Kane, Associate Director of Urban Tree Alliance, Resident

Vice Chair: Jackie Suska, Resident

Former Alderperson David Ahrens, Common Council, District 15 (January 2018 - April 2019)

Alderperson Sheri Carter, Former Common Council Vice President, District 14

Lisa Coleman, City Engineering Division (January 2018 - July 2018)

Marla Eddy, City Forester

Alderperson Keith Furman, Common Council, District 19 (April 2019 - present)

Julie Laundrie, Resident

Dan McAuliffe, City Planning Division

Michael Rewey, Resident

James Wolfe, City Engineering Division (July 2018 - present); and,

 

WHEREAS, it is noted that a special thank you goes to Jeremy Kane, Jackie Suska, Marla Eddy, Julie Laundrie, Dan McAuliffe, Michael Rewey, James Wolfe, Alder Sheri Carter, Alder Keith Furman, Former Alder David Ahrens, and Lisa Coleman for their commitment om ensuring that canopy coverage, presevation and expansion of our urban tree forest and resources in the City of Madison are protected, that we embrace the promotion of a diverse and sustainable urban tree forest in the City of Madison and that the final report reflected the diligence and devotion of the task force's efforts to seek input from the public, city departments, and incorporated those voices into the report; and,   

 

WHEREAS, the Task Force first convened on January 11, 2018 and held a series of thirty-five (35) meetings plus one (1) Public Input meeting; and,

 

WHEREAS, the Task Force, in consultation with City staff, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Madison Gas & Electric, the University of Wisconsin-Madison/UW-Extension, reviewed available research and best practices on promoting a vibrant, healthy, and sustainable urban forest as well as City policies, practices, programs, and operations that impact the urban forest; and,

 

WHEREAS, the final report contains recommendations regarding Canopy Coverage, Preservation and Expansion of Urban Tree Resources, and the Protection and Promotion of a Diverse and Sustainable Urban Forest,

 

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Common Council accept the final report and recommendations of the Urban Forestry Task Force; and,

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a cross-functional staff team from Parks, Parks-Forestry, City Engineering, and Planning be created to prioritize, 3-5 specific recommendations from the report, with implementation timelines, specific costs and cost-benefit analysis, that will be presented to the Common Council by February, 2020 for consideration in the 2021 budget Capital Improvement Plan (CIP); and,

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a cross-functional staff team from Parks, Streets-Forestry, City Engineering, Traffic Engineering and Planning be created to prioritize, 3-5 specific recommendations based on the sub-committee’s recommendations, with implementation timelines, specific costs and cost-benefit analysis, that will be presented to the Common Council by April, 2020 for consideration in the 2021 budget for both Operating and Capital Improvement Plan (CIP); and,

 

 

BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED, that the Common Council directs the Council Chief of Staff to present next steps to Common Council Executive Committee.