A final copy of the Action Plan will also be available on the NUCFAC website in the fall of 2015 – http://www.fs.fed.us/ucf/
Federal legislation requires that an Action Plan for America’s urban and community forests be developed every ten years. The next national Ten-Year Urban Forestry Action Plan, which will cover 2016-2026, is intended to guide the work of the National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council (NUCFAC) in its development of grant categories for the Forest Service’s National Urban and Community Forestry Challenge Cost Share Grant Program and advisory role. Background on the development of the Ten-Year Action Plan
The Ten-Year Urban Forestry Action Plan also serves as a guide for the urban and community forestry (UCF) community of practice at all levels of work, from grassroots nonprofits to academic researchers, private practitioners and local and state governments. A core Project Team was assembled under the leadership of American Forests Foundation (AFF) in April 2014, with the University of Virginia’s Institute for Environmental Negotiation (IEN) serving as the project leader, and including other team members from Dialogue + Design Associates, University of Maryland Center for Economic Finance, University of Washington, and UVa McIntire School of Commerce.
A national level Strategic Advisory Team was also convened to help provide guidance and direction to the action planning process. A listing of Project and Advisory Team members may be found in Appendix C. The development of the next Ten-Year Urban Forestry Action Plan is considered a significant opportunity to step back to look at the big picture. What has been happening with our nation’s urban and community forests over the past ten years, what have we learned, where have we made progress, and what are emerging needs? It is also considered a significant opportunity to engage the UCF community of practice, to learn from people working at all levels and to elicit their needs, insights, visions and hopes for the next ten years.
To learn more about the emerging Ten-Year Action Plan, explore the links below: