The Urban Forest is defined as the totality of trees and shrubs on all public and private land in and around urban areas (including bushland, parkland, gardens and streets).
Council’s Urban Forest Policy recognises that the Urban Forest is a vital component to the urban landscape and ecosystem providing such benefits as natural beauty, climatic influence, reduction in pollution, asset protection and social amenity.
Managing Mosman’s Urban Forest
At the Council Meeting on 6 June 2017 Council resolved to place a draft Urban Forest Management Policy on public exhibition for a minimum of 28 days. The draft policy is attached and comments can be made in writing to the General Manager, or via Council’s consultation site here.
Comments open 16 June 2017 and close 19 July 2017.
It is Council’s policy that the Urban Forest is conserved, replenished and enhanced, using best management and Ecologically Sustainable Development (ESD) principles, while seeking to meet the needs and desires of property owners, residents and other visitors to Mosman.
The instruments used by Council to manage Mosman’s Urban Forest include:
Urban Forest Management Register
This Register is used by Council as a tool to manage specific trees within the Municipality. The trees listed may be single or groups of trees, on both public or private property, and are considered to have an exceptional value (visually, culturally, naturally or ecologically) within the Urban Forest.
The Register is reviewed wholly every 6 years although trees may be added to the register, including nominations from the public, at any time.