Community Forestry Strategic Plan

Upward view of ancient oak tree

​The Community Forestry Strategic Plan acknowledges the benefits of trees, establishes six goals, and sets specific actions, priorities, and partnerships needed to achieve those goals.


The overarching goals of the Community Forestry Strategic Plan are to preserve and increase the tree canopy within Salem and to educate the public, decision-makers, and City staff about the benefits of trees.

The specific goals include:

  1. Protect, increase, and enhance Salem’s tree canopy
  2. Increase education and outreach about tree benefits, community forestry program, tree regulations, and incentives
  3. Develop support at political, management and public levels
  4. Improve City coordination, communication, and codes related to trees [Salem Revised Code Chaper 86 and Adminstrative Rule 109-500]
  5. Develop and implement a Community Forestry Management Plan
  6. Establish a stable funding for Community Forestry Program

One of the key goals of the Strategic Plan is to increase the City’s tree  canopy from 18% to 23% and to focus efforts initially on City-owned properties and low-canopy neighborhoods.

The draft Community Forestry Strategic Plan was developed with a technical advisory commitee and was completed in January, 2013. The plan’s goals and objectives were adopted by City Council in August, 2013. 

Since 2013 the City has engaged Friends of Trees to assist in implementing the Strategic Plan through neighborhood and riparian tree plantings.

Tree City USA program

Salem is a charter member of the Tree City USA program started in 1976, making Salem the oldest Tree City USA in Oregon. As of 2017, the City has earned 11Tree City USA Growth Awards. These honors are awarded to cities that go above and beyond the minimum Tree City USA requirements. The City has a full-time Urban Forester and an Urban Forestry Program in the Public Works Department.

Salem tree reports 

Salem Tree Inventory Report3191 KBsalem-tree-inventory-report-final.pdf
Potential Urban Tree Canopy Report 20113416 KBpotential-urban-tree-canopy-phase-2-report.pdf
Salem Tree Canopy Report 20106007 KBsalem-tree-canopy-report-2010.pdf

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