Working with the City of Tampa, the goal of this project was to develop initial Strategies for Urban Forest Sustainability and prepare many of the elements necessary to eventually create a comprehensive Urban Forestry Master Plan. Led by the University of South Florida, University of Florida and IFAS Extension Services, vision, goals and strategies were developed through a stakeholder driven, publicly supported process that built upon the results of existing scientific efforts. Efforts included a well attended Mayor’s Symposium on Community Trees and the Urban Forest and a five-month visioning process with the Mayor’s Steering Committee on Urban Forest Sustainability. Recommendations from this process were implemented by the City of Tampa Parks and Recreation Department and included in the Tampa Comprehensive Plan: Building Our Legacy A Livable City adopted in 2009.

Project Results / Publications:

  • City of Tampa Urban Ecological Analysis 1975-1996   Link

    Kyle Campbell and Shawn Landry

    The Urban Ecological Analysis quantified how Tampa's tree canopy has changed over time, modeled the effects of the forest on the local ecology, and assessed the economic impact of the forest.

  • City of Tampa Urban Ecological Analysis 2006-2007: Final Report to the City of Tampa, April 24, 2008   Link

    Andreu, Michael G., Melissa H. Friedman, Shawn M. Landry and Robert J. Northrop

    Through a collaborative effort that involved the University of Florida, the University of South Florida, and the Hillsborough County Extension, an extensive inventory of Tampa’s urban forest was undertaken and analyzed during 2007. The inventory provided baseline information on location, composition, structure, and health while the analysis determined ecological function and economic value.

  • A Report on the City of Tampa's Existing and Possible Urban Tree Canopy   Link

    Shawn M. Landry, Michael G. Andreu, Melissa H. Friedman and Robert J. Northrop

    The analysis of Tampa’s existing and possible urban tree canopy was completed as a follow-up to the City of Tampa Urban Ecological Analysis conducted in 2006-2007. Our goal was to leverage the high resolution geospatial datasets developed during the Urban Ecological Analysis to compute UTC metrics at the parcel level and summarize this information both by land use and by spatial distribution.

  • Community Atlas Website   Link

    University of South Florida

    This is the "umbrella website" established for the Community Atlas program under development at the Florida Center for Community Design and Research. At present there is only one Community Atlas site. It was created for Hillsborough County and sponsored by the Children's Board of Hillsborough County.

  • City of Tampa 2011 Urban Forest Analysis: The Structure, Composition, Function and Economic Benefits of Trees and the Urban Forest. Final Report to the City of Tampa, September 2013   Link

    Shawn M. Landry, Michael G. Andreu, Robert J. Northrop and Carolyn C. Rhodes

    The City of Tampa Urban Ecological Assessment provides a detailed scientific look into the economic and ecological values of the City of Tampa’s urban forest. This report provides detailed information about the distribution of Tampa’s tree canopy cover, results of extensive field sampling that describe forest composition, structure and health, and model results that quantify the economic benefits and ecosystem services provided by Tampa’s urban forest.