Boston Launches a 20-Year Urban Forestry Plan

The forthcoming Boston Urban Forestry Plan is expected to support communities that have been disproportionately exposed to environmental stressors.

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October 6, 2020, 6:00 AM PDT

By James Brasuell @CasualBrasuell


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The city of Boston released a request for proposals (RFP) for a contractor to work with the city to create a 20-year urban forest plan.

The city hopes to create an "equitable vision for the protection and expansion" of the city's tree canopy goals, according to the RFP.

"In alignment with previous planning efforts, including Climate Ready BostonImagine Boston 2030, and Resilient Boston, the Request for Proposals (RFP) prioritizes a transparent and collaborative planning effort that recognizes and supports communities that have been disproportionately exposed to environmental stressors," according to the RFP.

Chris Teale shared the news of the RFP in an article for Smart Cities Dive. Teale's coverage of the RFP focuses on the benefits of an urban tree canopy as a climate change adaptation measure. Given its expectations about the equitable deployment of the forthcoming urban forestry plan, the city of Boston seems to have read the recent analysis of the discriminatory application of trees and shade in U.S. cities.

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