Urban Forest Master Plan


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Forestry Division staff members manage the care and maintenance of approximately 64,000 public trees located along City streets and in City parks and cemeteries. This includes tree pest management, pruning, planting, removal, inspection and responding to public requests. Visit the Forestry Services dashboard to find out more. 

The office is currently engaged in an update to the City's Urban Forest Master Plan, last updated in 2012. The updated plan will incorporate community input, with multiple opportunities for public engagement. The update will describe the City's forestry initiatives to address issues such as environmental justice, climate change, and educational opportunities. The City's Urban Forest Master Plan update is expected to be complete June 2024.

We want to hear from you! Please join us for one of the public workshops listed below to share your ideas for expanding and improving the urban forest and discuss any issues you’d like to see addressed in the Urban Forest Master Plan Update. All of the public workshops will cover the same content, so please choose the one that is most convenient for you.

In-person and virtual informational meetings:  

  • Monday, Dec. 11, 6:30 p.m. at the Water Bureau, Conference Room, 10 Felix St.
  • Tuesday, Dec. 12, 6:30 p.m. at the Ibero Action League, 216 Clifford Ave.
  • Wednesday, Dec. 20, 6 p.m. Recorded Zoom Webinar can be viewed here
  • Monday, Jan. 8, 6 p.m. at the Arnett Branch Library, 310 Arnett Boulevard
  • Wednesday, Jan. 10, 6:30 p.m. at the Children’s School of Rochester #15, Gym, 85 Hillside Ave.

You’re invited to complete an online survey at any time via Instant Input by visiting https://tinyurl.com/RochesterUrbanForestSurvey.

The 2012 Urban Forest Master Plan can be found here.

Become a Community Tree Ambassador 

Community Tree Ambassadors will be paid for their efforts (approx. 60 hours total) from January/February to June of 2024.

Tree Ambassadors will:

  • Conduct door-to-door outreach to build awareness about the Urban Forest Master Plan Update and promote surveys and public meetings/events
  • Assist with the planning and implementation of pop-up events
  • Assist with the planning and implementation of experiential events, such as tree plantings, invasive species removal, and/or walking tours
  • Identify, plan, and lead the implementation of additional outreach events
  • Tree Ambassador Informationand Application Form. Apply by January 19, 2024.

Questions about the Community Tree Ambassador Program? Contact:

Liz Podowski King at Liz@highland-planning.com or 281-450-0656 

December 20, 2023 webinar recording:

For all other questions contact the Forestry Division:

Monday -Friday, 7:30 a.m.- 3:30 p.m.
210B Colfax Street
(585) 428-7581