Regardless of how well a plan
may appear on paper, its goals will not be achieved until it is
implemented. Implementation will occur in several steps which may
differ between communities and these include:
• passing an ordinance;
• hiring an arborist;
• appointing a tree advisory board;
• compiling a tree management plan; and
• developing a public education program.
The steps may or may not need funding depending on the utilization
of volunteers and existing ordinances.
Often times, it is useful to chart an implementation schedule to
follow the progress of the steps being taken. This schedule should
show the steps involved and the expected time frame for implementation
of each step. In addition, progress reports to be submitted to the
city council or board of supervisors should be built into the schedule
to ensure that delays or problems are detected and addressed. Maintaining
a high profile and reporting on progress during implementation will
garner public attention and interest, thereby encouraging the commitment
of local government.
There are a number of methods that can be used to monitor the effectiveness
of your management. These methods include, but are not limited to:
1) Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing Techniques – this utilizes
aerial photographs to assess tree canopy cover.
2) Photopoints – photographs taken from the ground which will
provide evidence of changes in tree condition and cover.
3) Public Polling – this involves asking for public opinion
on the progress.
4) Ground Survey – the simplest and most accurate means for
collecting detailed data.