City of Boise announces their new Community Forestry Management Plan

On April 5, 2016 Boise City Council adopted the city's Community Forestry Strategic Management Plan.  This plan will guide the growth, development and management of Boise's community forest for the next 10 years. 

This plan was developed over the course of the last year and included collaboration from Boise Parks Department - Community Forestry Program, multiple city departments and stakeholders and public throughout the city.  Several Network partners were engaged throughout the planning process and helped inform this plan based on the data produced by the 2013 Treasure Valley Urban Tree Canopy (UTC) Assessment and their expertise in sustainable growth and management of our region's urban forest.

Treasure Valley Shade Tree update to Map the Canopy

Tree canopy reduces energy consumption in buildings by providing shade during summer months. Since 2013, Idaho Power in conjunction with the Treasure Valley Canopy Network (Network) has been offering a Shade Tree Program to Treasure Valley homeowners.  Under this program, Idaho Power Company and the Network have distributed over 4,000 trees to homeowners in the Treasure Valley. These trees will reduce residential energy consumption, but they do so much more.  Trees intercept rain which reduces stormwater runoff, improves air quality and beautifies streets, homes and neighborhoods.  
 
The new Treasure Valley Shade Tree layer presented in Map The Canopy showcases the number of shade trees planted per census block.  The number of trees planted per census block ranges from 1 to 19. One of the most exciting aspects of the Shade Tree Program is its geographic scope. The shade trees planted all throughout the Treasure Valley will mature over time and provide so many additional benefits to homeowners beyond the reduced energy consumption that they are designated for.

Strategic Investment for Sustainable Landscapes in Boise, Idaho - Feb 18, 2016

Join us for an educational webinar where Treasure Valley Canopy Network partners discuss the process of using an urban tree canopy (utc) assessment as a tool for strategic investment in urban infrastructure development and stormwater policy and design decisions in downtown Boise. For more information and to register, click here.

View the webinar recording: Strategic Investment for Sustainable Landscapes in Boise


Upcoming TV Canopy Network Presentations

Lance Davisson, Coordinator for the Network, will be presenting "Idaho's Treasure Valley - Building our Future 'Under the Canopy'" at the PNW-ISA 35th Annual Training Conference "Our Trees, Our Future" in Vancouver, WA September 28 - October 1, 2014. 

Several of our partners - David Stephenson, Idaho Department of Lands; Tim Maguire, Ecosystem Sciences Foundation; and Patti Best, Idaho Power Company, will be presenting at the Partners in Community Forestry National Conference in Charlotte, NC November 5-6, 2014.