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
In June 2017 Council resolved to place a draft Urban Forest Management Policy on public exhibition and the draft policy was subsequently exhibited from mid June to mid July 2017. Following consideration of a further report on this issue, including community feedback received, it has been resolved that the Urban Forest Management Policy be adopted. This new policy represents the consolidation of various tree-related policies and aims to provide clarity, easier access and transparency for both staff and members of the community when managing trees in Mosman.
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: