Cleveland Tree Coalition

 

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About the Cleveland Tree Coalition

 

The Cleveland Tree Coalition is a collaborative group of public, private, and community stakeholders that have partnered with the City of Cleveland to rebuild our urban forest. The coalition is striving to create a healthy, vibrant, sustainable, and equitable urban forest by working collaboratively to implement the Cleveland Tree Plan

 

Vision

Through partnership, Cleveland will once again be known as the Forest City. Residents from every neighborhood in Cleveland will experience the many benefits of a healthy and prosperous urban forest. Cleveland’s vision for a healthy urban forest today and into the future requires:

 

  • Collaborating effectively amongst a variety of stakeholdersno.jpg
  • Prioritizing trees in government, nonprofit, and the business sectors
  • Implementing best practices in urban forestry
  • Increasing tree canopy and the benefits it provides
  • Ensuring that benefits from trees are equitably distributed
  • Leveraging the economic advantages of urban trees
  • Engaging people to revitalize neighborhoods through community forestry and leadership opportunities
  • Positioning Cleveland as a regional leader in urban forestry
  • Advocating for the institutionalization of urban forestry practices

 

Members

The following organizations are currently members of the Cleveland Tree Coalition:

 

 · AECOM  

 · Dominion

 · Alliance for the Great Lakes

 · Forest City Realty Trust

 · American Forests

 · Holden Forests & Gardens

 · Cleveland City Planning

 · KeyBank

 · Cleveland Clinic

 · Lakeview Cemetery

 · Cleveland Division of Forestry

 · LAND Studio

 · Cleveland Metroparks

 · Mayor’s Office of Capital Projects

 · Cleveland Metropolitan Housing Authority

 · Mayor’s Office of Sustainability

 · Cleveland Museum of Natural History

 · Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency

 · Cleveland Neighborhood Progress

 · Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District

 · Cleveland State University

 · Ohio Department of Natural Resources

 · Cuyahoga Land Bank

 · Ohio Landscape Association

 · Cuyahoga River Restoration

 · PwC

 · Cuyahoga Soil and Water Conservation District

 · University Hospitals

 · Davey Resource Group

 · Western Reserve Land Conservancy


Please contact Cathi Lehn if you are interested in getting involved in reforesting the Forest City. 

 

Summary of the Cleveland Tree Plan

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Cleveland is in the midst of citywide neighborhood revitalization to improve the quality of life for all citizens, and improving tree canopy is an important element in that transformation.Trees are a critical piece of our community: trees make us healthier and safer, add economic value to our homes and businesses, help us meet environmental challenges, and give us a stronger connection to nature that improves mental health.

 

Cleveland was once nicknamed The Forest City, but over the last half-century the city has lost about half its canopy. Tree canopy cover is low at 19%, only one quarter of what is possible. Each year an estimated 97 acres of tree canopy is lost. At this rate, canopy will drop to 14% by 2040 unless we act now. The Cleveland Tree Plan is built on the need rebuild the urban forest, together.

 

The Plan has three overarching goals: (1) recognize trees as critical community infrastructure, (2) reverse the trend of tree canopy loss, and (3) foster capacity for full stewardship for the tree infrastructure. To meet these goals, the Plan includes nine action sheets designed to:


  1. Establish a unified voice and formalize needed partnerships
  2. Develop and implement an outreach and education strategy
  3. Develop and implement a funding plan
  4. Complete a tree inventory
  5. Develop and implement a management plan
  6. Conduct an operational review
  7. Establish a canopy goal
  8. Institute policy changes
  9. Plant with a purpose

 

Different member organizations of the Cleveland Tree Coalition are tasked with leading various actions.

 


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