First Step to an Urban Forest Management Plan for Los Angeles

“First Step: Developing an Urban Forest Management Plan for the City of Los Angeles” is a document that analyzed the City’s existing urban forest management practices, providing action items for improvement. Development of the plan was guided by in-depth engagement with City staff, elected officials, and community stakeholders.

Project Facts
  • Prepared for City Plants
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • Largest urban forest in America
  • 40+ Stakeholder Organizations and City Departments
  • 2,600 survey responses
Aerial view of trees in Los Angeles urban forest

The Challenge

With more than one million trees, Los Angeles’ urban forest is the largest in the U.S. However, it does not have a long-term plan to guide the urban forests’ management or an urban forest management plan (UFMP). Because the City did not have all of the internal components needed to develop a UFMP, it began a process to identify the data and resources needed to prepare for future UFMP development.

The Solution

In a 10-month process, Dudek facilitated monthly working group meetings with over 40 stakeholder organizations and City departments, including extensive departmental interviews and a public survey with 2,600 responses. This process informed development of a roadmap to sustainable urban forest management. The report analyzed existing funding levels, as well as City planning documents, ordinances, policies, governance structure, and management practices against urban forest sustainability standards. The result of the analysis delivered key findings on the status of the urban forest and made recommendations on steps the City needed to take to move toward the completion of an urban forest management plan and implementation of sustainable practices.

The Impact

The City immediately acted on two of Dudek’s key findings, which allowed the City to receive grant funding to complete a UFMP. The long-term strategy of the UFMP is to ensure all Los Angeles residents have access to healthy communities covered by the canopy of trees that protect from the adverse effects of and contributors to climate change, such as increased heat and poor air quality.

Illustrating Abstract Concepts

Infographic showing the impact of little greenery and added greenery on the urban heat island effect, created for the first step to an urban forest management plan report


Dudek’s technical storytellers crafted visually engaging graphics to illustrate abstract concepts, such as the urban heat island effect.

What We Did

Our multidisciplinary specialties allow us to provide efficiencies that maintain project momentum.

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