The purpose of this project will be three-fold: 1.To re-inventory Tampa’s urban forest in order to complete a 5-year update to the Tampa Urban Ecological Analysis (UEA); 2. To utilize both new and previously collected field and remote sampling information to conduct a detailed analysis of structural and spatial change to Tampa’s urban forest since 2006; and 3. To develop a science-based, publicly-supported, fiscally responsible Urban Forest management Plan based on the vision and goals developed by the mayor’s Steering Committee on Urban Forest Sustainability. The project will be lead by members of the unique research team representing the City, USF, laboratory of the University of Vermont.
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.
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.
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.
This strategic plan for the management of Tampa’s urban forest addresses the numerous challenges to growing and maintaining a healthy urban forest in an efficient manner. It was developed with a 20-year planning horizon to meets the challenge of programmatic continuity by planning on a long time framework. It provides guidance for intermediate 5-year city-wide work planning as well as direct input into short-term annual departmental operational plans and decision-making.