Tampa City Council close to approving Urban Forest Management Plan to protect trees

11/14/13 Seán Kinane
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A jackaranda blooms in April, 2013.

photo by Seán Kinane / WMNF News

Tampa City Council could soon accept an Urban Forest Management Plan.

"From our point of view, what's so exciting about this is that as we work through the different land use applications that come through the idea that staff will have been able to work with people to determine exactly what the right trees are to go in the right place. Councilman Suarez talked a lot about wind but you know there were things in here about salt tolerance, drought tolerance and it's really just terrific that we're going to zero in on these things and do things that 50 years from now are going to make sure that the tree canopy is healthy and vibrant and the city looks as beautiful as it does today."

During a workshop Thursday morning, City Council Member Harry Cohen said council could vote on the 64-page draft plan next Thursday.

Tampa Urban Forest Management Plan draft: WMNF News

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