For Immediate Release
May 20, 2016
Contact: John Scott
Urban Forester Parks & Recreation Department (479) firstname.lastname@example.org
City Releases Streamlined Interactive Edition of Tree Preservation and Landscape Manual
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The City of Fayetteville is pleased to announce the release of the 2106 edition of the Tree Preservation and Landscape Manual. The original manual was created in 1999, updated in 2006 and numbered 108. The new edition is a 30-page interactive digital publication.
The Tree Preservation and Landscape Manual was created to educate and assist the public and members of the construction and development community with the City’s various landscape regulations and urban forestry review process. The manual contains applicable background information, definitions, flow charts, lists of submittal requirements, tree calculators and examples of design details in an easy to read format. The manual can be viewed online and includes interactive calculators and Landscape Surety Form.
Fayetteville was recently recognized as a 2015 Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation – the 21st consecutive year of acknowledgement. Trees are vital to public infrastructure providing numerous environmental, social, and economic benefits. Trees are the one piece of infrastructure that increases in value over time. Fayetteville’s Tree City USA status communicates the City’s leadership in smart community planning and healthy urban forest management. The City’s system of parks, trails, and healthy urban canopy attracts visitors, new residents, and investors to the area. Green corridors, connections to nature, and public spaces encourage recreation and bring people together – creating community building. Street trees reduce traffic speeds and soften harsh streetscapes. Tree canopy regulates air quality, controls erosion, and filters storm water. Preservation of green infrastructure minimizes the need or intensity of gray infrastructure and drinking water costs.
The City encourages the public to view resources from the Urban Forestry division including the new Tree Preservation and Landscape Manual on the City’s website here.