Urban Forest Plan: Community Advisory Board (CAB) workshop #2
This is workshop two of three for the Community Advisory Board. The workshops will help complete the matrix below. The matrix is one part of how the project is evaluating the condition of Boston's urban forest and how well it's being sustainably managed. This workshop's theme was "the players", where we discussed the human element of urban forestry — who is involved with growing and sustaining the forest, or not? The next workshop will be:
- The management: We're building upon the first two workshops. Given the characteristics of the urban forest and who is involved, how well is the urban forest being managed?
We will be posting summaries after the CAB workshops. To learn more about the Community Advisory Board or how to get involved with the Urban Forest Plan, visit the Urban Forest Plan website.
On August 23, 2021, the Urban Forest Plan Community Advisory Board (CAB) Group convened for its second workshop to discuss the human element of urban forestry -- the Players that impact the urban forest. Sixty (60) people attended the workshop, held online via Zoom. A complete list of the CAB members is included on the project web page.
These workshops are designed as a forum for the community to collectively explore current conditions in Boston, and start to identify challenges and solutions to the most pressing issues. In other words, the workshops provide a method for the community at-large to self-evaluate the sustainability of Boston’s urban forest.
A 15-minute presentation covered the UFP project as a whole and introduced the main topics - the 9 indicators of a sustainable urban forest related to “The Players.” Unlike the first workshop, where the performance level in each indicator was determined ahead of time based on quantitative data, the topic of this workshop is more qualitative and subjective. The CAB was tasked with deciding and scoring how Boston is doing in each category by individual votes.
The results showing the scores of each indicator are shown in the image in this section. The remaining time was used for group discussions.