Priority Program 4: Use Green Infrastructure to Protect Environmentally Sensitive Areas and Integrate Nature Into the City
A primary goal of this priority program is to manage Austin’s urban and natural ecosystems in a coordinated and sustainable manner in part by increasing protection of environmentally sensitive land, improving tree cover in every neighborhood, improving health of the watershed, increasing access to parks, and linking these resources throughout the city. This program seeks to improve environmental, recreational, and transportation functions and improve the connection between people and the environment.
Watershed Protection (Mike Personett - Program Champion); Planning and Zoning, Developement Services; Public Works; Parks and Recreation; Austin Energy; Austin Water; Office of Sustainability; Austin Fire; Office of Real Estate Services; Austin Resource Recovery; Neighborhood Housing and Community Development; Austin Transportation Department; Building Services; Aviation
For additional information about this priority program, see page 194 of Imagine Austin, or contact the Planning and Development Review Department liaison.
Forestry Leadership Team: The Forestry Leadership Team, consisting of urban forest managers and leaders from several departments, was created and chartered. The formation of this team meets goals associated with Austin's Urban Forest Plan for coordinated and effective urban forest management. One of the top achievements of the team over the last year was to establish a city-wide master agreement for purchasing trees. Another project that was started last year aims to standardize the forestry-related metrics city-wide.
Public Land Management Team: The Public Land Management Team continues to support the implementation of adopted plans that relate to green infrastructure management, such as the Invasive Species Management Plan, the Community Wildfire Protection Plan, and Austin's Urban Forest Plan. The team is developing a template and resource kit framework to assist City land managers in providing consistent and sustainable land management services. The team is also continuing to move forward on a land classification project for City properties. Finally, in order to increase their ability to collaborate and share working documents across departments, the Green Infrastructure SharePoint site was re-energized and reconfigured.