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Posted on: May 2, 2018

South Framingham Urban Forest Inventory and Management Plan Selected for a Massachusetts DCR Grant

Framingham, MA – The Baker-Polito Administration has selected the South Framingham Urban Forest Inventory and Management Plan for a Massachusetts DCR Urban and Community Forestry Challenge Grant in the amount of $16,000.00. Sam Scoppettone, a Planner for the Community & Economic Development Division completed and submitted the application for consideration in late 2017.

Utilizing funds from the USDA Forest Service from the Mass ReLeaf Trust Fund, the DCR was able to provide grant funding to projects that included targeted tree planting and preservation in communities. This grant will allow the City to expand its urban forest in Downtown Framingham and adjacent neighborhoods. The City’s goal is to conduct a professional tree inventory using GPS mobile data collection, including risk assessment. The data will be utilized to develop an urban tree cover baseline, associated benefits, identify opportunities for additional plantings, best management practices and implementation procedures culminating in a management plan. The inventory will be maintained by the City’s Tree Warden.

One of the City’s main goals is to boost the quality of life in downtown and the Southside through reinvestment in these areas. Transportation improvements, transit-oriented market-rate housing, aggressive business/residential outreach, and beautification are ways we have to work towards achieving this goal. The development of an urban forest inventory and management plan will guide the way for increasing the tree canopy areas where it is needed most. By increasing the tree canopy area, it will improve the quality of life through better aesthetics, improved walkability and creation of a sense of place. The additional benefit is that it will improve the environmental heath through increased green infrastructure and decreased amounts of impervious surfaces, which better infiltrate storm water runoff, assist with urban heat island effects, and contribute to the environmental vitality of the Beaver Dam Brook and wetland resource areas.


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