Natural Resources

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The Natural Resources Division monitors the inventory, management and preservation of the city's natural resources to ensure that the city’s high-quality, ecologically sensitive areas are maintained and conservation initiatives are implemented in the development process. The division's main functions include:

  • Forestry: Preserve and protect city's urban tree canopy, including management of trees on public land and enforcement of city ordinances.
  • Surface Water: Develop and maintain native plantings around the city's surface water drainage system.
  • Conservation Easement Management: Manage activities within conservation easements.
  • Invasive Plant Management: Assist the police department in the inspection and control of noxious weeds.
  • Public Education: Develop natural resource/environmental education outreach programs.

The Department of Planning and Development is responsible for development review of tree preservation and landscape plans for new development.