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    Planting a Greener Future for Minnesota

    Communities

    The Road To A Thoughtful Street Tree

    Master Plan &

    The MnDOT On-Line Plant Selector: Complimentary resources for healthier community street

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    Informed Decisions Save Your Community Money

    As a Mayor, Council Member, Environmental Com-

    mission Memberany elected or appointed official in

    your community, you have an influence on your com-

    munitys quality of life. That quality of life includes its

    natural resources, housing, recreation, educational and

    commercial capacity. The corridors that guide visitors

    and your constituents through your community set the

    tone for its character, safety and efficiency, hopefully

    emphasizing both the beauty and function of its natural

    and constructed resources.

    Green Assets, Not Brown Liabilities

    Whether your community is newly developed, expand-

    ing, or in the process of renewal, trees are an important

    part of its infrastructure. Your communitys urban for-est helps define the character of your community, one

    that is green, safe and business-friendly.

    In particular, trees that line the entrance to your com-

    munity guide traffic and views through the residential

    and commercial areas and shade and buffer pedestrians

    from the hot sun or winter winds.

    The information presented within this promotional bro-

    chure is meant to emphasize the importance and utility

    of two key resources, available at no cost to your com-

    munity. The Road To A Successful Street Tree Master Plan & The Master Plan Tutorial Power Point series. As well as The MnDOT Plant Selector on-line tool.

    *These resources are available at no cost.

  • Thoughtful Planning or Brown Liabilities?

    As with any other effort to develop, improve or renew

    a communitys infrastructure, the street tree landscape benefits most from thoughtful and community-

    inclusive planning. All too often, trees become brown

    liabilities rather than green assets due to poor tree

    species selection, placement and arrangement.

    Street Tree Master Plan Tutorial Power Point Developed from the full Master Plan text, The Master Plan

    tutorial Power Point series was designed as ten, separate presentations or lessons, each representing the ten most common Issues that either make or break a street tree master plan. May be used for workshops, either as the full set

    of ten lessons or individual topics for more targeted work-

    shops.

    The MnDOT Plant Selector

    The MnDOT Plant Selector on-line tool was developed to

    ease the frustration of selecting the best trees for the most

    variable street landscapes. The Plant Selector is very user

    friendly with search queries easily narrowed by region,

    species and any number of environmental factors. It was

    Developed specifically for Minnesota with the singular goal

    of creating more effective and economical streetscapes.

    Lessons Learned

    Thoughtful, well planned and designed street tree landscapes:

    Increase commercial traffic and retail sales.

    Help control traffic and keep pedestrians safe.

    Save a community money.

    Funding for the Production of

    The Road to a Thoughtful Street Tree Master Plan

    and the tutorial Power Point lesson series provided by:

    The Minnesota Local Road Research Board

    The U.S.D.A. Forest Service Northeastern Area The University of Minnesota, Department of For-

    est Resources

    Pertinent Information From Professional Sources

    Both The Road to a Thoughtful Street Tree Master Plan and

    the MnDOT Plant Selector were designed, developed and

    written by experienced landscape architects and urban for-

    estry professionals from the University of Minnesota, the

    Minnesota Department of Transportation and regional Parks

    and Recreation Departments. These tools were developed

    specifically for Minnesota with the singular goal of creating

    more effective and economical streetscapes. Thoughtful Planning Brown Liabilities

    Photo: Credits: Dave Hanson, Gary Johnson and MnDOT

    All Design Elements 2011 Sean A. Peterson

    The Road to a Thoughtful

    Street Tree Master Plan

    The complete 93 page

    printable PDF available

    free of charge @

    http://bit.ly/odKfFH

    This resource is made available

    on-line by MnDOT @

    http://dotapp7.dot.state.mn.us/plant/

    The MnDOT Plant Selector

    Most Downtown Trees Live 7-10 yrs.

    Life of a Healthy Tree 80-250 Years

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    Most corridor trees live 10-30 yrs.

    Trees Become Lifelong Environmental

    Assets At About 30-40 yrs.

    Plant For Health & Longevity. Verdant corridors imply health

    and economic stability.

    Transportation corridors lined with mature trees sooth the

    nerves of commuters.

    The First 100 Years

    Complimentary Resources

    The Road to a Thoughtful Street Tree Master Plan , Master

    Plan Tutorial Power Point Series & The MnDOT Plant Selector

    The Road to a Thoughtful Street Tree Master Plan

    Designed to help you create the community your constitu-

    ency envisions, the Road to a Thoughtful Street Tree Master

    Plan, combined with the Minnesota Department of Transpor-

    tations Plant Selector offers a step-by-step, pragmatic pro-tocol for well-planned street tree landscapes.