Boston Seeks Designs for Urban Forest Plan

The City of Boston, MA has issued a request for proposals (RFP) seeking a partner to work with the city’s Parks and Recreation Department to design and develop an urban forest plan.

The 20-year plan will focus on the promotion of growth, longevity, and protection of Boston’s urban canopy, while keeping projected future conditions – such as climate change, development, and other factors – in mind. The RFP stresses the importance of having a transparent planning process that recognizes and supports communities that have been historically under-invested in and disproportionately vulnerable to extreme weather conditions. Examining where and why canopy loss is occurring will be prioritized, and guidelines drawn up for tree canopy protection on public, private, and institutional property.

In addition to the $500,000 budgeted for the Urban Forest Plan, a new arborist will be hired and an additional 1,000 trees planted – doubling the yearly total to 2,000 trees planted per year. Applications are being accepted through Oct. 28th of this year.

“As we plan for our city’s future, we’re working to ensure Boston is an equitable, safe city for all residents,” said Mayor Martin J. Walsh. “We know how critical trees are as we fight climate change and improve the quality of life for all residents. This urban forest plan is the first of its kind in Boston, and is an opportunity to ensure every neighborhood has the resources they deserve and need. Boston is committed to strengthening our environmental work, and creating a brighter, greener future for all.”