The 28 best practices
Become a GreenStep City
GreenStep City Best Practices
Add city tree and plant cover that increases community health, wealth and quality of life.
Best Practice Action 2
best practices for urban tree planting/quality;
use them in at least one development project.
Who's doing it
Minnesota Stormwater Manual
has design guidelines for tree quality and planting (tree trenches and tree boxes) as well as methods for assessing their ecologic performance.
City Trees: Sustainability Guidelines & Best Practices
(MN Tree Trust, Bonestroo: 2007) were specifically developed to work in conjunction with and build on the
MN Green Communities Criteria
and the accompanying Minnesota Overlay.
Adopt MN Tree Trust Best Practices, MN Stormwater Manual tree design guidelines or the like.
Use guidelines in at least one development project; document that the development achieves an excellent or better Tree Trust rating, or assess the performance of tree trenches and tree boxes.
Incorporate adopted tree planting best practices in development ordinances.
Ken Holman, Community Forestry Coordinator, MN Department of Natural Resources: 651/259-5269,
Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
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