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“Good” Information Planting a Greener Future for Minnesota Communities The Road To A Thoughtful Street Tree Master Plan & The MnDOT On-Line Plant Selector: Complimentary resources for healthier community street landscapes . University of Minnesota Dept. of Forest Resources 115 Green Hall 1530 Cleveland Ave. N. St. Paul, MN. 55108-6112 POST © 2011 Dept. of Forest Resources, University of Minnesota Informed Decisions Save Your Community Money As a Mayor, Council Member, Environmental Com- mission Member…any elected or appointed official in your community, you have an influence on your com- munity’s quality of life. That quality of life includes its natural resources, housing, recreation, educational and commercial capacity. The corridors that guide visitors and your constituents through your community set the tone for its character, safety and efficiency, hopefully emphasizing both the beauty and function of its natural and constructed resources. Green Assets, Not Brown Liabilities Whether your community is newly developed, expand- ing, or in the process of renewal, trees are an important part of its infrastructure. Your community’s urban for- est helps define the character of your community, one that is green, safe and business-friendly. In particular, trees that line the entrance to your com- munity guide traffic and views through the residential and commercial areas and shade and buffer pedestrians from the hot sun or winter winds. The information presented within this promotional bro- chure is meant to emphasize the importance and utility of two key resources, available at no cost to your com- munity. “The Road To A Successful Street Tree Master Plan & The “Master Plan Tutorial Power Point™” series. As well as The “MnDOT Plant Selector” on-line tool. *These resources are available at no cost.

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Page 1: Decision makers and volunteers brochure

“Good”

Information

Planting a Greener Future for Minnesota

Communities

The Road To A Thoughtful Street Tree

Master Plan &

The MnDOT On-Line Plant Selector: Complimentary resources for healthier community street

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© 2011 Dept. of Forest Resources, University of Minnesota

Informed Decisions Save Your Community Money

As a Mayor, Council Member, Environmental Com-

mission Member…any elected or appointed official in

your community, you have an influence on your com-

munity’s quality of life. That quality of life includes its

natural resources, housing, recreation, educational and

commercial capacity. The corridors that guide visitors

and your constituents through your community set the

tone for its character, safety and efficiency, hopefully

emphasizing both the beauty and function of its natural

and constructed resources.

Green Assets, Not Brown Liabilities

Whether your community is newly developed, expand-

ing, or in the process of renewal, trees are an important

part of its infrastructure. Your community’s urban for-

est helps define the character of your community, one

that is green, safe and business-friendly.

In particular, trees that line the entrance to your com-

munity guide traffic and views through the residential

and commercial areas and shade and buffer pedestrians

from the hot sun or winter winds.

The information presented within this promotional bro-

chure is meant to emphasize the importance and utility

of two key resources, available at no cost to your com-

munity. “The Road To A Successful Street Tree Master

Plan & The “Master Plan Tutorial Power Point™” series.

As well as The “MnDOT Plant Selector” on-line tool.

*These resources are available at no cost.

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Thoughtful Planning or Brown Liabilities?

As with any other effort to develop, improve or renew

a community’s infrastructure, the street tree landscape

benefits most from thoughtful and community-

inclusive planning. All too often, trees become brown

liabilities rather than green assets due to poor tree

species selection, placement and arrangement.

Street Tree Master Plan Tutorial Power Point Developed from the full Master Plan text, The Master Plan

tutorial Power Point™ series was designed as ten, separate

“presentations” or lessons, each representing the ten most

common “Issues” that either “make or break” a street tree

master plan. May be used for workshops, either as the full set

of ten lessons or individual topics for more targeted work-

shops.

The MnDOT Plant Selector

The MnDOT Plant Selector on-line tool was developed to

ease the frustration of selecting the best trees for the most

variable street landscapes. The Plant Selector is very user

friendly with search queries easily narrowed by region,

species and any number of environmental factors. It was

Developed specifically for Minnesota with the singular goal

of creating more effective and economical streetscapes.

Lessons Learned

Thoughtful, well planned and designed street tree landscapes:

Increase commercial traffic and retail sales.

Help control traffic and keep pedestrians safe.

Save a community money.

Funding for the Production of

The Road to a Thoughtful Street Tree Master Plan

and the tutorial Power Point™ lesson series provided

by:

The Minnesota Local Road Research Board

The U.S.D.A. Forest Service – Northeastern Area

The University of Minnesota, Department of For-

est Resources

Pertinent Information From Professional Sources

Both The Road to a Thoughtful Street Tree Master Plan and

the MnDOT Plant Selector were designed, developed and

written by experienced landscape architects and urban for-

estry professionals from the University of Minnesota, the

Minnesota Department of Transportation and regional Parks

and Recreation Departments. These tools were developed

specifically for Minnesota with the singular goal of creating

more effective and economical streetscapes. Thoughtful Planning Brown Liabilities

Photo: Credits: Dave Hanson, Gary Johnson and MnDOT

All Design Elements 2011 Sean A. Peterson

“The Road to a Thoughtful

Street Tree Master Plan”

The complete 93 page

printable PDF available

free of charge @

http://bit.ly/odKfFH

This resource is made available

on-line by MnDOT @

http://dotapp7.dot.state.mn.us/plant/

The MnDOT Plant Selector

Most “Downtown” Trees Live 7-10 yrs.

Life of a Healthy Tree 80-250 Years

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Most “corridor” trees live 10-30 yrs.

Trees Become Lifelong Environmental

“Assets” At About 30-40 yrs.

Plant For Health & Longevity. Verdant corridors imply health

and economic stability.

Transportation corridors lined

with mature trees sooth the

nerves of commuters.

The First 100 Years

Complimentary Resources

The Road to a Thoughtful Street Tree Master Plan , Master

Plan Tutorial Power Point™ Series

& The MnDOT Plant Selector

The Road to a Thoughtful Street Tree Master Plan

Designed to help you create the community your constitu-

ency envisions, the Road to a Thoughtful Street Tree Master

Plan, combined with the Minnesota Department of Transpor-

tation’s “Plant Selector” offers a step-by-step, pragmatic pro-

tocol for well-planned street tree landscapes.