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Stephanie Foster-Miller, Ohio Division of Forestry, stephanie.miller@dnr.state.oh.us (Presenter)

 

Urban foresters and community managers are charged with the challenging task of creating a diverse urban forest. The development of the Urban Site Index has offered new opportunities for communities to utilize site sensitive species usually discounted as street trees. In an effort to responsibly address this opportunity to diversify, several Ohio communities have adopted a method for creating a Master Planting Design that has built-in parameters that allow for added insect/disease protection, species diversity, and management benefits. The method theoretically allows for long-term planning with the nursery industry, creates buy-in by citizens and decision makers, and allows for USI ground truthing. The presentation covers the process for developing a Master Planting Design and experiences with Ohio communities.