Urban Forest Strategy

UrbanForestStrategy

Executive summary

  •  While metrics on canopy and street trees are welcome, additional data on mid- and understorey planting would give a better indication of the overall vegetation cover in Moreland
  • The very low proportion of indigenous street trees (5%) must be significantly increased to provide habitat for indigenous insects and animals and strengthen the tiny pockets of remnant vegetation that still remain (as identified in the Moreland Open Space Strategy)
  • The current street tree planting target is resulting in poor tree choices (callistemon) being planted in the wrong season (summer) which is a waste of money and a lost opportunity to genuinely contribute to urban greening, so we support reducing the target
  • A stronger role for vegetation in relevant planning schemes is welcome
  • A reduced annual target is welcomed if it better meets the actual goals of urban greening and a figure smaller than the 3,800-4,250 proposed should be considered
  • “Climate resilience” should not be a justification to further reduce the number and proportion of indigenous trees, which still provide significant ecological and heritage benefits
  • The image on page (vi) showing both Actual and Projected canopy under-states the current situation, which is a significant decline in canopy. These current facts should be called out more strongly
  • Trees are only part of the vegetation solution and other key strategies around planting understorey and mid-storey vegetation should be considered and included
  • The lack of increased public green open space to offset increasing densification and reduction of private green open space is an ongoing concern