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GreenStep City Best Practices Environmental Management

Urban Forests and Soils
no. 16

Add city tree and plant cover that conserves topsoils and increases community health, wealth, quality of life.
  Best Practice Action 5      [ 1 2 3 4 5 6 ]       [all actions]

Adopt a tree preservation or native landscaping ordinance.

  • On the GreenStep model ordinances page see Landscaping and Maintenance of Vegetation and Model Landscape Ordinance for a Municipal Zoning Code. The zoning code language, developed by ORANGE Environmental and reviewed by state organizations, regulates the review process for new developments. Based upon Burnsville and Minneapolis code, topics covered include soil and tree health, biodiversity, water infiltration, irrigation, sun and wind orientation, parking lots, and industrial buffer yards.
  • For example, in 2005 Bemidji adopted an ordinance that requires tree planting in parking lots, and some cities have a replacement policy for cut/lost trees, such as replacement at a 3:1 ratio, and specify the replacement tree caliper.
  • Model Natural Resources Performance Standards from the MN 2009 Model Ordinances for Sustainable Development
  • MN Dept. of Natural Resources community forestry web pages include Guidelines for Developing and Evaluating Tree Ordinances and "Conserving Wooded Areas in Developing Communities.
  • For actions and resources related to street tree standards, greening parking lots, and woodlands, see GreenStep best practices #11 ( Complete Green Streets ), #17 ( Stormwater Management ), and #10 ( Conservation Design ), respectively.
Enact an ordinance that preserves/replaces trees and soils and encourages resilient, non-invasive landscaping. Report protection of large wooded areas by means of zoning or development review under best practice action 10.3
Address tree preservation and soils conservation on both public and private lands; enact requirements such as removing requirements to establish turf grass (this does not refer to removing maintenance standards for turf grass) and permitting resilient, non-invasive native landscaping throughout the city.
Adopt quantitative performance metrics; require approval of a tree preservation plan before development (tree inventory, tree saving zones, soil preservation measures, tree replacement for damaged/destroyed trees at a 2:1 ratio or greater).

Arden Hills

Date action report first entered:   10/12/2017
Date of last report update:   10/18/2017
Year action initially completed:   2008
Action completed after joining GreenStep?   No

Implementation details:
The City adopted a Tree Preservation Ordinance in 2008. The purpose of the ordinance is to identify trees that are to be saved when development or land disturbing activity is occurring. It is the City's intent to protect, preserve, and enhance the natural environment of Arden Hills and to encourage a resourceful and prudent approach to development. A Tree Preservation Plan is required as part of any Building Permit, Grading and Erosion Control Permit, or subdivision application and replacement tree plantings are required if a certain amount of significant trees are removed. The mitigation rate is 1 caliper inch for every 2 caliper inches removed. Unapproved tree loss requires a replacement of 2 caliper inches for every 1 caliper inch removed. The City Code allows for homeowners to install native meadow vegetation in place of turf grass if certain standards are met.

For more information contact:
Mike Mrosla (City staff)   |   mmrosla@cityofardenhills.org   |   6517927822

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Date action report first entered:   01/23/2019
Date of last report update:   01/23/2019
Year action initially completed:   1989
Action completed after joining GreenStep?   No

Implementation details:
In the late 1980's, the city of Chanhassen adopted a Tree Preservation Ordinance that placed an emphasis on protecting existing trees during development. The ordinance sets minimums for preservation during development and enacted penalties when the minimums were not met. Over the years the city has refined the ordinance to reflect best practices for tree preservation.

Outcome measures/metrics:
The ordinance requires a percentage of the site to have tree cover thereby distributing canopy cover. Species selection is also factored in, helping to guarantee long term viability. Preservation violations are penalized at a 2:1 ratio and inspections are done throughout the construction in ensure proper implementation.

Descriptive links: https://library.municode.com/mn/chanhassen/codes/code_of_ordinances?nodeId=CICO_CH18SU_ARTIIIDEST_S18-61LATRPRRE

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Date action report first entered:   06/27/2013

Implementation details:
The City of Delano’s Subdivision Code provides a section for the preservation and enhancement of the city’s trees. Delano requires that a tree preservation plan be submitted and approved by the City before any development begins. The plan must include a tree inventory, designated tree saving zones, measures proposed to protect significant trees and a plan for tree replacement for any damaged or destroyed trees at a 2:1 ratio.

For more information contact:
Phil Kern (City staff)   |   pkern@delano.mn.us   |   763-972-0565

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Date action report first entered:   11/28/2016
Date of last report update:   01/17/2017
Year action initially completed:   2010
Action completed after joining GreenStep?   No

Implementation details:
Section 50-25 of Duluth's Unified Development Code details City standards for landscaping and tree preservation during all development - this includes the protection of existing vegetation during construction, "credited" trees when large trees are preserved during construction, percentage tree cover requirements, and a percentage of the sum of removed DBH to be replaced by the sum of planted DBH (rather than removal/replacement standards on a per tree basis).

Descriptive links: http://www.duluthmn.gov/media/119184/FinalMasterJuly2013UDCColor.pdf

For more information contact:
Erik Birkeland (City staff)   |   ebirkeland@DuluthMN.gov   |   218-730-4435

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Date action report first entered:   02/05/2016
Date of last report update:   02/05/2016

Implementation details:
The City has adopted a tree preservation ordinance that coincides with the City’s subdivision ordinance, that recognizes that the preservation and replanting of trees is important in maintaining a healthy and desirable community and finds that it is in the best interest of the City to protect, preserve, and enhance the natural environment of the community. The City encourages a resourceful and sensible approach to development, redevelopment, and alteration of trees and / or wooded areas. The City also recognizes that a certain amount of tree loss is an inevitable consequence of the development process. The City Council finds that tree preservation regulations will help to establish a balance between an individual’s rights to develop a parcel(s) and the needs of the community to protect aspects of the natural environment. The tree preservation ordinance provides provisions on tree surveys, protective measures, replacement ratios, and removal of diseased trees.

Outcome measures/metrics:
The City monitors trees that have died or become diseased and notifies the property owner of the need to remove and replace the tree.

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For more information contact:
Josi Wood (City staff)   |   jwood@cityofisanti.us   |   763-444-5512

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Date action report first entered:   10/23/2014
Date of last report update:   10/23/2014

Implementation details:
Chapter 34, Article 3.6 describes our tree preservation and native landscaping ordinance.

Descriptive links: https://www.municode.com/library/mn/northfield/codes/code_of_ordinances?nodeId=PTIINOCO_CH34LADECO_ART3DEST_3.6LASCBUST

For more information contact:
Tim Behrendt (City staff)   |   tim.behrendt@ci.northfield.mn.us   |   507-645-3027

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Date action report first entered:   06/29/2017
Date of last report update:   06/29/2017
Year action initially completed:   2007
Action completed after joining GreenStep?   No

Implementation details:
In 2007, the City updated its tree preservation ordinance to change the focus on preserving trees rather than simply replacing them. Developers are responsible for conduct a tree inventory prior to approval of any new subdivisions.

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White Bear Lake

Date action report first entered:   05/15/2013

Implementation details:
The City adopted a Tree Preservation Ordinance. The ordinance is attached. In zoning code, ordinance is 1302.075.

Descriptive links: http://www.whitebearlake.org/vertical/sites/%7BD1A83686-A6D1-414A-99F1-95F5CFD97325%7D/uploads/CHAPTER_1302_FINAL.pdf             view file

For more information contact:
Connie Taillon (City staff)   |   ctaillon@whitebearlake.org   |   651-429-8564

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Date action report first entered:   04/27/2013

Implementation details:
Since 2004 the city has made an effort to minimize its turf maintenance activities, increase ecological diversity and reduce invasive species. The city requires the planting or seeding of native vegetation around stormwater ponds and wetlands, uses native plantings in landscaping features and uses county work crews to remove invasive species, such as buckthorn, from open space areas. The city is also using modified turf designs that require lower maintenance and less irrigation. The City has a policy in the 2030 Comprehensive Plan in chapter 8 page 8-15: “native plants, such as prairie plantings, will be used in parks and open space to reduce landscape maintenance requirements, to provide food and shelter for wildlife, to buffer shorelines, to control runoff and to discourage invasive and nuisance species.” The municipal code, chapter 27, division 4, section 27-40 is titled Tree Protection Standards for Developing Properties. In order to preserve trees the City adopted this ordinance stating allowable tree removal and requiring a tree preservation plan be submitted from applicant. Chapter 27, Division 6, Landscaping and Lawn Care establishes the guidelines by which residents can plant native species in their yards. The purpose of this section of the ordinance is to protect those who wish to plant native species from complaints from neighbors who want a more consistent manicured look throughout their neighborhood.

For more information contact:
Jennifer McLoughlin (City staff)   |   jmcloughlin@ci.woodbury.mn.us   |   651-714-3522

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Belle Plaine

Date action report first entered:   11/17/2016
Date of last report update:   11/17/2016

Implementation details:
The preservation and replacement of trees is covered under Chapter 11 of City Code. The City requires a 1:1 ratio for tree replacement in development of a building site.

Descriptive links: http://www.belleplainemn.com/sites/default/files/documents/1109%20LAND%20AND%20WATER%20PRESERVATION_0.pdf

For more information contact:
Laura Blue (City staff)   |   lblue@ci.belleplaine.mn.us   |   952-873-5553

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Date action report first entered:   01/17/2018
Date of last report update:   01/17/2018
Action completed after joining GreenStep?   No

Implementation details:
Bloomington’s ordinance pertaining to tree preservation during single family residential development can be found in Chapter 19 Section 53 of the City Code. The ordinance outlines many varied ways that preserved trees protect the natural environment following development. Native Landscaping is covered in Chapter 10 section 38 of the City Code where it is allowed as part of an approved landscape plan or on a residential lot it does not exceed 50% of the pervious surface and is set back from the property line. Maintenance in the form of annual mowing or prescribed burning is also required under the ordinance.

For more information contact:
Steve Gurney (City staff)   |   sgurney@BloomingtonMN.gov   |   952-563-4606

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Date action report first entered:   10/13/2014
Date of last report update:   10/13/2014

Implementation details:
Ordinance section 1405 adopted in 2012 specifically allows native vegetation in public and right of way plantings, and tree protection policies.

For more information contact:
Sarah Hayden Shaw (Community volunteer)   |   sjhaay@gmail.com   |   218-760-6837

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Date action report first entered:   06/07/2012

Implementation details:
The City of Burnsville has a Zoning Ordinance Woodland Preservation Overlay District. Please see attached PDF. In 2008, the city updated its landscape ordinance to promote native plantings.

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For more information contact:
Sue Bast (City staff)   |   basts@ci.burnsville.mn.us   |   952-895-4524

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Coon Rapids

Date action report first entered:   06/27/2017
Date of last report update:   06/27/2017
Year action initially completed:   2016
Action completed after joining GreenStep?   Yes

Implementation details:
The intent of this ordinance is "to encourage landscape and vegetation throughout the City that is friendly to pollinators and encourages the use of native plants, while respecting existing community values in landscaping, to include well-maintained yards, compatibility with structures, and maintaining safety sight lines, visibility, air movement, and light transmission." The City has also implemented a buckthorn removal program with the public/residents. The city owns four weed wrenches, which are very effective tools in removing buckthorn. Residents can borrow these at no cost by contacting the City Forester. Buckthorn that is removed from private property can be placed at the curb for the city to pick up free of charge.

Descriptive links: https://library.municode.com/mn/coon_rapids/codes/code_of_ordinances?nodeId=TIT8HESASA_CH8-500MAVELA             view file

For more information contact:
Colleen Sinclair (City staff)   |   csinclair@coonrapidsmn.gov   |   763-767-6485

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Eden Prairie

Date action report first entered:   04/06/2012

Implementation details:
Native plantings are permitted under Chapter 9, Section 9.71 of the City Code. The City has an adopted tree preservation ordinance located within Chapter 11, Section 11.55 of the City Code.

Descriptive links: http://www.edenprairie.org/modules/showdocument.aspx?documentid=89

For more information contact:
Tania Mahtani (City staff)   |   tmahtani@edenprairie.org   |   952-949-8413

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Elk River

Date action report first entered:   12/13/2012

Implementation details:
The City has an ordinance on the preservation of trees and other vegetation for new subdivisions. It requires existing healthy trees and native vegetation on the site to be preserved to the maximum extent feasible and be protected by adequate means during construction. For new construction or expansion of an existing use a tree preservation plan should be submitted to the city prior to removing trees or commencing construction. Landscaping requirements for multifamily districts and nonresidential uses in residential districts state that the number of trees on the lot, tract, or parcel shall not be less than three plus the perimeter of the described area as measured in feet divided by 40. The total number of required trees may be offset by the provision of native grasses and wildflowers. Planting or preservation of native planting communities will receive credit for one tree per 500 square feet of native grass area. Sec. 30-415. - Preservation of trees and other vegetation; tree planting requirements Sec. 30-934. - Landscaping Sec. 30-936. - Tree preservation plan

Descriptive links: http://library.municode.com/index.aspx?clientId=13427

For more information contact:
Amanda Bednar (City staff)   |   ABednar@ElkRiverMN.gov   |   763-635-1068

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Forest Lake

Date action report first entered:   01/26/2017
Date of last report update:   01/26/2017
Year action initially completed:   2016
Action completed after joining GreenStep?   No

Implementation details:
The City of Forest Lake implemented a woodland preservation ordinance in accordance with Forest Lake’s zoning code, that identifies that the value of natural resources, specifically the local forests and trees for community health and future sustainability. The City strongly encourages a practical yet innovative approach to growth, redevelopment, and the alteration of significant trees and/or woodlands. Likewise, the City acknowledges some loss of trees and woodlands can be an unavoidable result of land development and natural health trends. The City Council concludes that this woodland preservation ordinance asserts the correct balance between private property rights and conservation of local flora and fauna. The woodland ordinance establishes regulations on landscape plans, tree surveys, and preservation thresholds per district, overlying preservation, replacement thresholds/monetary fees, and permitted tree removals.

Outcome measures/metrics:
(A) A Woodland Preservation Plan is required when the subject property is three acres or greater in size and: (1) Preliminary subdivision plan is required within Subdivision Regulation (2) A project is proposed for which a city grading permit is required by City Code and significant woodlands exist on-site; or (3) An application for a single-family residential building permit when significant woodlands exist on-site. (B) All properties located within the Shoreland Overlay District must comply with provisions for vegetation alteration as required (C) City Code incorporate restrictive threshold per zoning district

Descriptive links: http://library.amlegal.com/nxt/gateway.dll/Minnesota/forestlake_mn/titlexvlandusage/chapter153zoningcode?f=templates$fn=default.htm$3.0$vid=amlegal:forestlake_mn$anc=JD_153.295

For more information contact:
Matt Lindholm (City staff)   |   matt.lindholm@ci.forest-lake.mn.us   |   651-209-9731

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Maple Grove

Date action report first entered:   03/11/2013

Implementation details:
The City of Maple Grove established a Tree Preservation Ordinance in 1994. The City utilized Steigerwaldt Land Services, Inc. to catalog all existing forest stands and rate them based on the quality of the trees within. From this analysis, specific, legally described areas were designated as a Tree Preservation Overlay district. The city purchased outright some of the highest quality forest land (approximately 65 acres of forest land) and restricts the amount of tree removal that can occur on private land covered by the district.

For more information contact:
Peter Vickerman (City staff)   |   PVickerman@maplegrovemn.gov   |   763-494-6046

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Date action report first entered:   03/20/2012
Date of last report update:   05/01/2015

Implementation details:
The city has both a tree preservation ordinance and a tree replacement ordinance in place for both the protection of existing trees as well as the replacement of removed trees due to development. Link to Maplewood tree ordinance: http://www.ci.maplewood.mn.us/DocumentView.aspx?DID=1847 Link to Maplewood tree preservation ordinance: http://www.ci.maplewood.mn.us/DocumentView.aspx?DID=1848

Descriptive links: http://www.ci.maplewood.mn.us/DocumentView.aspx?DID=1847

For more information contact:
Shann Finwall (City staff)   |   shann.finwall@maplewoodmn.gov   |   651-249-2304

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Date action report first entered:   12/17/2017
Date of last report update:   12/17/2017
Action completed after joining GreenStep?   No

Implementation details:
In coordination with River Keepers and the Audubon Society, the City has implemented several urban woodland prairie initiatives along the river corridor. The attached file contains the most recent 2017 legacy grant and the map shows all the urban woodland prairie areas. Additionally, the City plants 800-1600 whips in the river corridor area annually with River Keepers so the river corridor serves as a tree preservation.

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For more information contact:
Dan Mahli (City staff)   |   dan.mahli@cityofmoorhead.com   |   218-299-5314

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New Hope

Date action report first entered:   04/01/2015
Date of last report update:   11/19/2018
Year action initially completed:   2015
Action completed after joining GreenStep?   No

Implementation details:
The city adopted a tree preservation ordinance in 2015. Section 4-3 (d) (4) of the City Code protects and preserves trees when new commercial, industrial, multiple family, and institutional development takes place.

Descriptive links: https://library.municode.com/mn/new_hope/codes/code_of_ordinances?nodeId=CD_ORD_CH4ZO_S4-3GEPR

For more information contact:
Jeff Alger (City staff)   |   jalger@ci.new-hope.mn.us   |   763-531-5119

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Date action report first entered:   07/31/2012

Implementation details:
Chapter 22 of City Code includes the city's Tree Preservation Requirements, a strict set of requirements and incentives for preservation that protects the natural environment in Oakdale.

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For more information contact:
Jen Hassebroek (City staff)   |   jen.hassebroek@ci.oakdale.mn.us   |   651-730-2723

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Red Wing

Date action report first entered:   06/05/2011

Implementation details:
The city has a tree replacement policy on both public an private property. As a policy, we do not let the public do work on city owned/planted trees. We also inspect private trees and can ask people to do repair/remove trees, but if they don't, we do have jurisdiction over the private trees if they are potentially harmful to others or the environment. We have ordinances in place for weeds and grass height in residential yards that would get in the way of the growth of natural vegetation.

For more information contact:
Paul Drotos (City staff)   |   paul.drotos@ci.red-wing.mn.us   |   651-410-6744

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Date action report first entered:   01/09/2014

Implementation details:
The City of Rogers has had a tree preservation section in the Zoning Ordinance since 1980. The ordinance requires that: (1) Structures shall be located in such a manner that the maximum number of trees shall be preserved. (2) Prior to the granting of a building permit, it shall be the duty of the person seeking the permit to demonstrate that there are no feasible or prudent alternatives to the clear-cutting of trees on the site and that if trees are cut, the person will restore the density of trees to that which existed before development but in no case shall the person be compelled to raise the density above ten trees per acre. (3) Forestation, reforestation or landscaping shall utilize a variety of tree species and shall not utilize any species presently under disease epidemic. Species planted shall be hardy under local conditions and compatible with the local landscape. http://library.municode.com/HTML/14443/level5/PTIILADERE_CH125ZO_ARTVSUDIRE_DIV2PEST_SDIINGE.html#PTIILADERE_CH125ZO_ARTVSUDIRE_DIV2PEST_SDIINGE_S125-315TRWOPR The Zoning Ordinance also requires that there is at least one tree and landscape island for every 12 parking spots in all parking lots. http://library.municode.com/HTML/14443/level5/PTIILADERE_CH125ZO_ARTVSUDIRE_DIV2PEST_SDIINGE.html#PTIILADERE_CH125ZO_ARTVSUDIRE_DIV2PEST_SDIINGE_S125-313PA Reference to tree preservation can also be found in the following parts of city code: Mining: http://library.municode.com/HTML/14443/level5/PTIILADERE_CH125ZO_ARTVSUDIRE_DIV2PEST_SDIINGE.html#PTIILADERE_CH125ZO_ARTVSUDIRE_DIV2PEST_SDIINGE_S125-344MI Highway Corridor Overlay District: http://library.municode.com/HTML/14443/level4/PTIILADERE_CH125ZO_ARTIVDIRE_DIV3OVDI.html#PTIILADERE_CH125ZO_ARTIVDIRE_DIV3OVDI_S125-225HICOOVDIHC Subdivision Design Standards: http://library.municode.com/HTML/14443/level3/PTIILADERE_CH121SU_ARTIIIDESTREIM.html#PTIILADERE_CH121SU_ARTIIIDESTREIM_S121-57SUDEST Shoreland Protection: http://library.municode.com/HTML/14443/level3/PTIILADERE_CH109SHWEPR_ARTIISHPR.html#PTIILADERE_CH109SHWEPR_ARTIISHPR_S109-21AD

Outcome measures/metrics:
The uploaded document shows that at least 2 trees (4 for corner lots) must be planted in the front yard of each new house that is built. In 2013, 140 new houses were built in the city; therefore, more than 280 trees were planted.

Descriptive links: http://library.municode.com/HTML/14443/level2/PTIILADERE_CH125ZO.html#TOPTITLE             view file

For more information contact:
Mike Bauer (City staff)   |   mbauer@ci.rogers.mn.us   |   763-428-1033

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Saint Louis Park

Date action report first entered:   07/02/2012

Implementation details:
have implemented 8 native vegetation permits since inception of new native vegetation section to ordinance.

Outcome measures/metrics:
Number of native vegetation permits and sites throughout city.

Descriptive links: http://www.stlouispark.org/environment-gardening/alternative-landscaping.html             view file

For more information contact:
Shannon Pinc (City staff)   |   spinc@stlouispark.org   |   952-924-2191

City of Robbinsdale; City Attorney

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Saint Paul

Date action report first entered:   11/19/2014
Date of last report update:   11/19/2014

Implementation details:
Saint Paul has Chapter 176 for the Preservation and Protection of Trees in the public realm and Ordinance, Section 67.20 regarding for protection of private property trees in the Tree Preservation Overlay District (the Highwood area of the city). Nuisance ordinance has been modified to allow native vegetation where appropriate and under specified conditions.

For more information contact:
Kurt Schultz (City staff)   |   kurt.schultz@ci.stpaul.mn.us   |   651-266-6590

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Date action report first entered:   09/15/2017
Date of last report update:   12/07/2017
Year action initially completed:   2016
Action completed after joining GreenStep?   No

Implementation details:
The City allows residents to have a Planned Landscape Area (Native landscape). The landscape area must meet setbacks, and maintenance standards but does not require a permit. The City also has an Environmentally Sensitive Ordinance which helps protect wooded areas.

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For more information contact:
Nate Keller (City staff)   |   nate.keller@sartellmn.com   |   320-258-7316

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Date action report first entered:   12/19/2017
Date of last report update:   12/19/2017
Year action initially completed:   2010
Action completed after joining GreenStep?   No

Implementation details:
The City Development code establishes standards for woodland and tree preservation that requires a preservation plan for plats and minor subdivisions, establishes replacement standards for significant trees, and establishes protective measures to be taken.

Descriptive links: Woodland and Tree Preservation Standards             view file

For more information contact:
Neil Soltis (City staff)   |   n.soltis@ci.scandia.mn.us   |   651-433-2274

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Date action report first entered:   04/26/2013

Implementation details:
For new development or redevelopment, a Tree Preservation Plan is required as part of the City's Municipal Code, section 209: Environmental Standards. A tree preservation plan shall be submitted. This plan shall identify the trees to be preserved on the site and the methods to be employed to insure that the identified trees are not damaged during construction. These methods must be acceptable to the City. A Tree Replanting Plan, acceptable to the City, shall also be submitted. This plan shall provide for at least a one-for-one replacement, up to a maximum of 15 trees per acre, for any healthy tree(s) in excess of 4 inches in diameter, except the replacement threshold for boxelder, cottonwood, and willow trees shall be eight inches of diameter and except as required elsewhere in this Section for landmark trees. The replacement trees shall comply with the standards in Section 206.010(J). Trees preserved on the site shall count toward the 15 trees per acre maximum replacement requirement, except any trees required to be replaced to compensate for the removal of a landmark tree [Section 209.050(B)(2)(c)] shall be in addition to the requirements of this section. In 2012 the City's vegetation Code was updated to allow for native landscaping.

Descriptive links: http://www.shoreviewmn.gov/pdfs/city-code/chapter-209.pdf

For more information contact:
Ellen Brenna (City staff)   |   ebrenna@shoreviewmn.gov   |   651-490-4665

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Two Harbors

Date action report first entered:   04/07/2015
Date of last report update:   04/16/2015

Implementation details:
The city has a tree preservation ordinance. The two main aspects are that it establishes a tree commission and requires that trees removed during development are replaced by the developer on-site or by a fee-in-lieu payment to the City tree fund.

For more information contact:
Josh Bergstad (City staff)   |   jbergstad@ardc.org   |   218-834-8803

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Date action report first entered:   04/24/2014
Date of last report update:   04/30/2015

Implementation details:

Outcome measures/metrics:
With the implementation of this ordinance the City has been able to preserve trees and manage developments to preserve our natural resources.

Descriptive links: http://library.municode.com/index.aspx?clientId=19963

For more information contact:
Paul Moretto (City staff)   |   pmoretto@ci.victoria.mn.us   |   952-443-4210

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Date action report first entered:   04/12/2012

Implementation details:
Willmar's landscape ordinance includes public and private requirements to develop a tree preservation plan in order to retain tree as part of urban development. Parking areas are required to be landscaped in order to breakup the barren effect of hard surface parking areas.

Outcome measures/metrics:
New developments are better shaded and more visually appealing. Natural vegetation improve storm water quality. More existing trees are preserved during new development.

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For more information contact:
Sara Jacobson (City staff)   |   sjacobson@willmarmn.gov   |   320-235-4760

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Apple Valley

Date action report first entered:   03/21/2012

Implementation details:
(b) Apple Valleys Tree Preservation Ordinance (Sec 152.46) regulates tree removal and applies when >10% of significant trees are proposed to be removed from site. Tree replacement consists of replanting 10% of diameter-inches removed. (c) When buffer zones are required around water bodies, Protective Buffer Zone Ordinance (Sec 152.57C.3.b.) requires native plants be used to establish buffer. Adopted City Ordinances do not specifically list native plants as an alternative to turf grass, but they do not disallow use of native plants or rain gardens as alternatives to turf grass. One commercial property in Apple Valley is planted entirely in big bluestem, which was approved during the development/plan review process. Additionally, Apple Valley has a cost share program for installation of rain gardens, native plant gardens, and shoreline restorations using native plants.

For more information contact:
Charless Grawe (City staff)   |   CGrawe@ci.apple-valley.mn.us   |   952-953-2508

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Date action report first entered:   05/07/2012

Implementation details:
§ 11.71 Tree Preservation § 7.06 Regulation of Grass, Weeds, and Trees in Streets - Subd 3. Duty of Property Owners to cut grass and weeds and maintain trees and shrubs: If the grass or weeds in a place attain a height in excess of six inches, it shall be prima facie evidence of a failure to comply with this subdivision. Every owner of property abutting on any street shall, subject to the provisions herein requiring a permit therefor, trim, cut, remove and otherwise maintain all trees and shrubs in unhazardous and healthy condition, from the line of the property nearest to the street to the center thereof. § 10.13 GRASS AND WEEDS ON PRIVATE PROPERTY - It is unlawful for any owner, occupant or agent of any lot or parcel of land in the city to allow any weeds or grass growing upon any such lot or parcel of land to grow to a greater height than six inches or to allow such weeds or grass to go to seed.

For more information contact:
Janet Anderson (Community volunteer)   |   janetanderson2840@gmail.com   |   5072190680

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Date action report first entered:   01/03/2015
Date of last report update:   01/12/2015

Implementation details:
Section 640 of the City Code addresses vegetation and provides for native landscaping. Section 830 of the City Code address tree removal and replacement standards.

Descriptive links: http://www.crystalmn.gov/docs/city_code/CRYSTAL_CODE_CHAPTER_8___34537v1.pdf

For more information contact:
Anne Norris (City staff)   |   Anne.Norris@crystalmn.gov   |   763-531-1140

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Date action report first entered:   04/05/2011

Implementation details:
The City had adopted a Tree Preservation Ordinance that requires the replacement/mitigation of significant trees or woodlands removed during development in excess of an allowable removal limit of approximately 20-40%, as determined by the development type. The number of mitigation trees installed is determined by a formula based upon the size and type of the tree removed and size of the replacement. The ratio for replacement to removal ranges from 1:1 to 12:1.

Descriptive links: http://library.municode.com/index.aspx?clientId=13070&stateId=23&stateName=Minnesota

For more information contact:
Greg Hove (City staff)   |   ghove@cityofeagan.com   |   651/675-5319

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Date action report first entered:   08/05/2011

Implementation details:
The City adopted a revised landscape ordinance in 1998 to promote the addition of landscape materials in the City with tree requirments on boulevards at 1/40 ft. The ordinance also provides for screening requirements for incompatible uses.

Outcome measures/metrics:
Additional landscaping is provided in the community and the ordinance requires screening though landscaping between incompatible uses.

For more information contact:
Adam Kienberger (City staff)   |   akienberger@ci.farmington.mn.us   |   651-280-6820

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Date action report first entered:   04/27/2016
Date of last report update:   04/27/2016

Implementation details:
We have a policy relating to protecting trees on public and private parcels affected by city planning and regulatory processes.

For more information contact:
Melanie Mesko-Lee (City staff)   |   mmesko_lee@hastingsmn.gov   |   651-480-2326

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Inver Grove Heights

Date action report first entered:   08/23/2017
Date of last report update:   08/23/2017
Year action initially completed:   2007
Action completed after joining GreenStep?   No

Implementation details:
Our city's zoning ordinance contains a tree preservation standards to promote the maximum possible preservation of woodland during land alterations. Replacement standards in this ordinance require woodlands to be replaced with species in accordance to the zoning districts' requirements. This states that planting diversity and tree disease susceptibility should be considered when choosing replacement tree species. Additionally, our Northwest Area Ordinance encourages landscaping with native vegetation within common areas, while requiring 50% of open space area in PUD to be planted with native vegetation.

For more information contact:
Ally Hillstrom (City staff)   |   ahillstrom@invergroveheights.org   |   651-604-8511

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Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe

Date action report first entered:   04/15/2015
Date of last report update:   04/15/2015

Implementation details:
Reforesting areas to native species and removal of non-native species takes place throughout the reservation.

For more information contact:
Brandy Toft (City staff)   |   air@lldrm.org   |   218-335-7429

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Date action report first entered:   04/25/2013

Implementation details:
The City has adopted a Woodland Preservation Ordinance which limits development impacts to any defined woodland area within the community, and requires that impacted trees be replaced at a 2:1 ratio. Tree preservation ordinance applies to both public and private lands, and for building permit and/or zoning action approval tree clearing and replacement plans are required for review. Scroll to Section 12 of linked ordinance. The City also requires provision of perimeter landscaping for upon new development, and redevelopment of properties. Requirements call for planting of shade (deciduous) trees every 50 feet along frontage and parking lot perimeter, and planting of evergreen (coniferous) trees every 25 lineal feet. Credit is given for preservation of existing trees when feasible. See Mankato City Code, Section 10.88. Mankato has been granted "Tree City USA" status.

Descriptive links: http://www.mankato-mn.gov/CityCode/Section-10.82.aspx

For more information contact:
Molly Westman (City staff)   |   mwestman@mankatomn.gov   |   507-387-8571

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Date action report first entered:   06/02/2011

Implementation details:
Rochester has an ordinance that allows and encourages native species to be used for landscaping. 48.05 Natural landscape permits are available and required from the Park Department if the proposed landscape includes planting of native grasses that exceed 10 inches in height. Rochester also has a very extensive tree ordinance.

Outcome measures/metrics:

Descriptive links: http://www.rneighbors.org/?page_id=2229

For more information contact:
Jacob Ryg (City staff)   |   jryg@rochestermn.gov   |   507-328-2515

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Date action report first entered:   01/13/2015
Date of last report update:   02/11/2015

Implementation details:
The city has in place a tree preservation ordinance. (Chapter 1011.04)

For more information contact:
Ryan Johnson (City staff)   |   Ryan.johnson@cityofroseville.com   |   651-792-7049

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Saint Anthony

Date action report first entered:   05/05/2011

Implementation details:
The City of St. Anthony has an ordinance related to tree replacement on public and private properties.

Outcome measures/metrics:
No net loss in trees and an increase in tree canopy.

For more information contact:
Jay Hartman (City staff)   |   jay.hartman@ci.saint-anthony.mn.us   |   612-782-3314

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Saint Cloud

Date action report first entered:   05/12/2011

Implementation details:
In an effort to protect the community's abundance of natural beauty, St. Cloud created the Environmentally Sensitive Areas Ordinance to help protect natural lands while allowing for development. Based on solid ecological information and written input from local developers, the ordinance is implemented by the City with the help of a local team of scientists. The success of the ordinance can be seen through the completion of over seventeen developments that balance protection yet see a return in investment. St. Cloud has recently also implemented changes to the Disease Tree Ordinance allowing for condemnation of tress for the looming threat of the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB)

Descriptive links: http://mn-stcloud.civicplus.com/1011/Land-Development-Code

For more information contact:
Liz Kramer (City staff)   |   elizabeth.kramer@ci.stcloud.mn.us   |   320-255-7226

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Date action report first entered:   10/25/2011

Implementation details:
Several years ago Shorewood adopted a Tree Preservation and Reforestation ordinance which attempts to protect existing trees and replaces trees lost to construction activities.

For more information contact:
Julie Moore (City staff)   |   jmoore@ci.shorewood.mn.us   |   952.960.7906

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greenstep advisor
Valerie McClannahan, Community Forestry Coordinator, MN Department of Natural Resources: 651-259-5283, valerie.mcclannahan@state.mn.us, http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/forestry/urban