The purpose of the Urban Forest Master Plan (UFMP) is to provide a guide for managing, enhancing, and growing Patterson's community tree resource over the next 25 years. The plan also includes objectives for long-range planning to promote sustainability, species diversity, and increased canopy cover.
Community trees are the publicly-managed trees along streets, in parks, and at City facilities. Recognizing the significance of environmental and socioeconomic benefits provided by trees and their relationship with community values and high quality of life, the Plan aims to:
Quantify the value and benefit of the urban forest
Ensure that policies and regulations support the protection, preservation, and sustainability of the urban forest
Ensure interdepartmental cooperation and communication about urban forestry related activities and maintenance operations
Promote community engagement and appreciation for the urban forest
Encourage and facilitate collaboration between the City and nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, utilities, neighborhood and business groups, volunteers, and other local and regional organizations
Ensure cost-efficient programming
The UFMP provides specific objectives and strategies for managing community trees, as well as preserving and enhancing canopy cover across Patterson (both public and private).
The UFMP was approved by the City Council on July 16, 2019 with a few administrative changes. Once those changes are made, the public draft will be replaced with the final version. The document can be viewed or referenced below.