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Urban Forest Master Plan

Aerial view of Cambridge's Urban Canopy Project Image

The Urban Forest Master Plan (UFMP) will guide the development of the urban forest into the future and will include a strategic plan to evaluate, maintain and expand the urban forest canopy while being more resilient to climate change, reducing the urban heat island effect, mitigating stormwater runoff, reducing nutrient runoff, and contributing to community well-being. The UFMP will coordinate with the efforts of the citywide comprehensive plan (Envision Cambridge) and the Climate Change Preparedness & Resilience Plan.

The City of Cambridge is collecting information on residents’ awareness and perceptions of the urban forest (all the trees in the city) through an online survey as part of the Urban Forest Master Plan project. The survey below will take about 5-10 minutes to complete and will help to inform the development of the Urban Forest Master Plan. The survey is offered in multiple languages including English, Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic, Mandarin, Haitian Creole, Bengali and Amharic. 

Take Our Survey 

URBAN FOREST MASTER PLAN PUBLIC MEETING

Wednesday, October 3rd

The Peabody School - Auditorium

70 Rindge Ave.

6PM-8PM

The Urban Forest Master Plan (UFMP) will guide the development of the urban forest into the future and will include a strategic plan to evaluate, maintain and expand the urban forest canopy while being more resilient to climate change, reducing the urban heat island effect, mitigating stormwater runoff, reducing nutrient runoff, and contributing to community well-being. Please join us and our consultants for an update and discussion on the development of the Urban Forest Master Plan.


For additional information on the project, please see the UFMP website at www.cambridgema.gov/UFMP or contact Catherine Daly Woodbury, DPW Project Manager at (617) 349-4818 or cwoodbury@cambridgema.gov.


Information and Assistance:

The City of Cambridge does not discriminate on the basis of disability. The City of Cambridge will provide auxiliary aids and services, written materials in alternative format, and reasonable modifications in policies upon request.



URBAN FOREST MASTER PLAN TASK FORCE MEETING


Thursday, September 27th

The consultant team will present findings from the research data and engage in a discussion with Task Force members regarding possible mitigation strategies.

Cambridge Rindge and Latin School

459 Broadway, Media Cafeteria

Thursday, September  27th 

6:00 – 8:00pm


For additional information on the project, please see the UFMP website at www.cambridgema.gov/UFMP  or contact Catherine Daly Woodbury, DPW Project Manager at (617) 349-4818 or cwoodbury@cambridgema.gov.  


Information and Assistance:

The City of Cambridge does not discriminate on the basis of disability.   The City of Cambridge will provide auxiliary aids and services, written materials in alternative format, and reasonable modifications in policies upon request.


URBAN FOREST MASTER PLAN TASK FORCE MEETING
Thursday, August 30th  



The design team will review results of Bartlett’s 5% representative sample tree inventory, initial observations from F2 Environmental’s soils sampling, and the climate modeling process (how parameters are set and how these are informed by findings from the CCVA and by other sources) which will aid in decision-making.

Cambridge Rindge and Latin School

459 Broadway, Media Cafeteria

Thursday, August 30th 

6:00 – 8:00pm




For additional information on the project, please see the UFMP website at www.cambridgema.gov/UFMP  or contact Catherine Daly Woodbury, DPW Project Manager at (617) 349-4818 or cwoodbury@cambridgema.gov.  


Information and Assistance:

The City of Cambridge does not discriminate on the basis of disability.   The City of Cambridge will provide auxiliary aids and services, written materials in alternative format, and reasonable modifications in policies upon request.

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URBAN FOREST MASTER PLAN TASK FORCE MEETING
Thursday, July 26th  


The design team will present analytical research on the current condition of the canopy and discuss with the Task Force how to establish defensible and measurable goals for the master plan.  Task Force meetings are open to the public. 

Cambridge Rindge and Latin School

459 Broadway, Media Cafeteria

Thursday, July 26th

6:00 – 8:00pm


For additional information on the project, please see the UFMP website at www.cambridgema.gov/UFMP  or contact Catherine Daly Woodbury, DPW Project Manager at (617) 349-4818 or cwoodbury@cambridgema.gov.  


Information and Assistance:

The City of Cambridge does not discriminate on the basis of disability.   The City of Cambridge will provide auxiliary aids and services, written materials in alternative format, and reasonable modifications in policies upon request. 
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URBAN FOREST MASTER PLAN TASK FORCE MEETING
Thursday, June 28th  

 

The City is developing an Urban Forest Master Plan (UFMP) that will guide the development of the urban forest into the future.  The UFMP will include a strategic plan to evaluate, maintain and expand the urban forest canopy enabling it to be more resilient to climate change, reduce the urban heat island effect, mitigate stormwater runoff, reduce nutrient runoff, and contribute to the community well-being.  The UFMP will coordinate with the efforts of the citywide comprehensive plan (Envision Cambridge) and the Climate Change Preparedness & Resilience Plan.

An UFMP Task Force has been selected to advise and provide guidance and feedback to a project team charged with developing the UFMP.  Task Force meetings are open to the public.

Cambridge Rindge and Latin School

459 Broadway, Media Cafeteria

Thursday, June 28th    

6:00 – 8:00pm

For additional information on the project, please see the UFMP website at www.cambridgema.gov/UFMP or contact Catherine Daly Woodbury, DPW Project Manager at (617) 349-4818 or cwoodbury@cambridgema.gov   

Information and Assistance:

The City of Cambridge does not discriminate on the basis of disability.   The City of Cambridge will provide auxiliary aids and services, written materials in alternative format, and reasonable modifications in policies upon request.  


City staff and consultants will provide an introduction of the project and a brief overview of the UFMP purpose, scope, schedule and team at its first meeting on June 12th:   

Cambridge Rindge and Latin School

459 Broadway, Media Cafeteria

Tuesday, June 12th

6:00 – 8:00pm

An eighteen member task force has been appointed that will work with city staff and Reed Hilderbrand, primary consultant, on the development of an Urban Forest Master Plan.  The following is a very brief and very simplified overview of each of the Task Force members:

  1. Barbara Murphy-Warrington:  Owns and cares for a 12 acre old growth forest employing long-term sustainability methods, attorney and resident in Cambridgeport
  2. Michael Johnston:  Executive Director at Cambridge Housing Authority, Cambridge Housing Authority Representative
  3. Maggie Booz:  Co-chair, Cambridge Committee on Public Planting (CPP), CPP member since 2008, architect, resident of Strawberry Hill neighborhood
  4. Louise Weed: Former member of Committee on Public Planting, current Plant and Garden Club member, resident of Neighborhood 9 (Avon Hill)
  5. Caitlin McDonough MacKenzie: PhD. Plant biologist, post doc fellow at U.ME, studied plant ecology and the ecological impacts of climate change, resident in Mid-Cambridge
  6. Mark Verkennis:  Senior campus planner and member of Harvard "green team", Harvard University representative.
  7. Ahron Lerman: Urban forester at DCR, certified arborist, masters in Sustainable Land Use, Planning & Design, resident in Neighborhood 9
  8. Kathleen Fitzgerald: Founder of Cambridge Environmental Literacy Project geared at connecting urban children with nature, social engagement and educator, resident in North Cambridge
  9. Tessa Mae Buono:  MIT Grad Student in Urban Studies & Planning, experience with community engagement around trees (Friends of Trees (OR)), resident in Cambridgeport
  10. Denise Jillson:  Resident of North Cambridge and Executive Director, Harvard Square Business Association, business representative
  11. Conrad Crawford:  Executive Director at Groundwork Somerville, former regional director of The Trustees of the Reservation, resident in Wellington-Harrington
  12. Elena Saporta:  Landscape Architect, founded Downtown Tree Guild aka Tree Atlanta (tree advocacy organization in Atlanta, GA), member of Mid-Cambridge Neighborhood Association and Green Cambridge, resident in Mid-Cambridge
  13. Randa Ghattas: Sustainability Project Manager at MIT facilities leading sustainability efforts on capital projects and renovation, resident of The Port
  14. Caitlin Tamposi:  Project Manager at Sienna Construction in construction management with background in landscape design, representative from  the Chamber of Commerce
  15. Lena Jean Nahan:  Junior at CRLS (student), involved in study of urban tree problems and potential solutions, interested in communicating science through photography, resident in The Port
  16. Florrie Wescoat:  Co-chair, Cambridge Committee on Public Planting (CPP), CPP member since 2008, garden designer, resident of The Port
  17. Laura Tenny:  Senior campus planner and registered landscape architect, involved in the stewardship, renewal and sustainability of the urban campus landscape, MIT representative.
  18. Tom Evans: Executive Director at the Cambridge Redevelopment Authority , Cambridge Redevelopment Authority Representative    


Information and Assistance:

The City of Cambridge does not discriminate on the basis of disability.   The City of Cambridge will provide auxiliary aids and services, written materials in alternative format, and reasonable modifications in policies upon request.

An Urban Forest Master Plan (UFMP) Task Force has been appointed that will advise and provide guidance and feedback to a project team charged with developing a comprehensive UFMP. Task Force meetings begin June 12, 2018 and are expected to meet monthly through April 2019. The following are anticipated dates and topics.

  • JUNE 12: Introduction 
  • JUNE 28: RESEARCH: Regulatory and Management Review 
  • JULY 26: RESEARCH: Initial Findings 
  •  AUGUST 30: TESTING: Process and Key Questions 
  • SEPTEMBER 27: TESTING: Baseline 
  • OCTOBER 25: TESTING: Findings 
  • NOVEMBER 29: PROPOSAL DEVELOPMENT: TBD 
  • DECEMBER 20: PROPOSAL DEVELOPMENT: TBD 
  • JANUARY 31, 2019: PROPOSAL DEVELOPMENT: TBD 
  • FEBRUARY 28: DRAFT DOCUMENTATION: TBD 
  • MARCH 28: DRAFT DOCUMENTATION: TBD 
  • APRIL 25: DRAFT DOCUMENTATION: TBD


The City of Cambridge is heavily invested in protecting and promoting a healthy and sustainable urban forest at a time when the challenges to maintaining an urban forest are great, but equally at a time when a thriving urban forest is more important and more necessary than ever.  The City retained Reed Hilderbran as its prime consulting firm to work with a Task Force to develop a comprehensive Urban Forest Master Plan (UFMP).  The Task Force will provide input and guidance to the consulting team.  The UFMP team includes:

REED HILDERBRAND (Primary Consultant) 

KLEINFELDER (Climate Analysis) 

CONSERVATION LAW FOUNDATION (Policy and Outreach) 

BARTLETT (Arboriculture) 

AES (GIS Analysis and Ecological Services) 

F2 ENVIRONMENTAL (Soils Consultant) 

OVER UNDER (Communications Consultant)

VJ ASSOCIATES (Cost Estimating) 


The scope of services extends over 12 months and three phases of planning — research, testing,and development — followed by one phase of documentation.  Each phase of the study and the organization of the consultant team support the three proposed pillars of the project — Analytics, Practice, and Advocacy.

Task Force members include the following residents and organization representatives:

Barbara Murphy-Warrington, Resident

Louise Weed, Resident

Caitlin McDonough Mackenzie, Resident

Ahron Lerman, Resident

Kathleen Fitzgerald, Resident

Tessa Mae Buono, Resident

Elena Saporta, Resident

Randa Ghattas, Resident

Lena Jean Nahan, Resident

Conrad Crawford, Resident

Denise Jillson, Resident, Exec. Director of Harvard Square Business Assoc.

Maggie Booz, Resident, CPP Co-chair

Florrie Wescoat, Resident, CPP Co-chair

Caitlin Tamposi, Representative of the Chamber of Commerce

Laura Tenny, MIT Representative

Mark Verkennis, Harvard University Representative

Tom Evans, Cambridge Redevelopment Authority Representative

Michael Johnston, Cambridge Housing Authority Representative

Catherine Daly Woodbury DPW Project Manager 617-349-4818

cwoodbury@cambridgema.gov

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