{"html":"\u003Cdiv id=\"project_desc\"\u003E\u003Cp\u003E\u003Cstrong\u003EWe invite you to share your\u0026nbsp;thoughts and opinions\u0026nbsp;about the development of the City of\u0026nbsp;Melbourne's\u0026nbsp;Urban Forest.\u0026nbsp;\u003C/strong\u003E\u003C/p\u003E\n\u003Cp\u003EThe City of Melbourne's Urban Forest Strategy provides a\u0026nbsp;robust framework for the evolution and longevity of urban forest but what will that look like at an individual street level? Join the conversation online or participate in a workshop to influence the outcomes.\u003C/p\u003E\n\u003Cp\u003EMelbourne's tree population is vast \u0026ndash; we have 70,000 council owned trees, worth around $750 million.\u0026nbsp;We live in the world's most liveable city and our parks, gardens, green spaces and tree-lined streets contribute enormously to this status.\u003C/p\u003E\n\u003Cp\u003EBut the trees are now under threat. More than a decade of drought, severe water restrictions and periods of extreme heat, combined with an ageing tree stock have put our trees under immense stress and many are now in a state of accelerated decline.\u003C/p\u003E\n\u003Cp\u003EAs a result, we expect to lose 27 per cent of our current tree population in the next decade and 44 per cent in the next 20 years. Combined with this loss, Melbourne's urban forest is facing two significant future challenges: climate change and urban growth.\u003C/p\u003E\n\u003Cp\u003EHaving developed a Strategy to address these issues, the City of Melbourne is now seeking to implement the strategy at a local level. Urban Forest Precinct Plans will guide local implementation and the community will have the opportunity to inform and influence the ddesign of these plans.\u003C/p\u003E\n\u003Cp\u003EOpportunities for community participation are available through this website and through a set of local workshops. Check\u0026nbsp;the Key Dates section for further information.\u003C/p\u003E\n\u003Cp\u003E\u003Cstrong\u003EThe strategy aims to:\u003C/strong\u003E\u003C/p\u003E\n\u003Cul\u003E\n\u003Cli\u003EIncrease canopy cover from 22 per cent to 40 per cent by 2040.\u003C/li\u003E\n\u003Cli\u003EIncrease forest diversity with no more than five per cent of one tree species, no more than ten per cent of one genus and no more than 20 per cent of any one family.\u003C/li\u003E\n\u003Cli\u003EImprove vegetation health\u003C/li\u003E\n\u003Cli\u003EImprove soil moisture\u003C/li\u003E\n\u003Cli\u003EImprove biodiversity\u003C/li\u003E\n\u003Cli\u003EInform and consult with the community\u003C/li\u003E\n\u003C/ul\u003E\n\u003Cp\u003E\u0026nbsp;To find out more about the City of Melbourne's urban forest\u0026nbsp;strategy vist our \u003Ca href=\"https://www.melbourne.vic.gov.au/sustainability/urbanforest/pages/urbanforest.aspx\" target=\"_blank\"\u003Eurban forest page\u003C/a\u003E. \u003C/p\u003E\u003C/div\u003E\n"}