Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation invites you to submit your input about plans to preserve the urban forest by using the online citizen engagement tool, Virtual Town Hall (www.VBgov.com/VirtualTownHall). Participate in a four-question survey that will ultimately identify citizens’ top priorities in how the City of Virginia Beach should move forward with implementing the Urban Forest Management Plan.
The topic will be available on Virtual Town Hall for public input until 5:00 pm on June 5, 2013.
Broadly comprised of urban parks, street trees, landscaped boulevards, public gardens, greenways, wetlands and natural areas, urban forests are dynamic ecosystems that play an important role in our environment: they filter air, water and sunlight, provide shelter to animals and recreational areas for people. They moderate local climate, slowing wind and stormwater, and shading homes and businesses to conserve energy. Urban forests are fundamental to Virginia Beach’s physical beauty, strong neighborhoods, sustainable development, clean air and water, energy conservation, and economic vitality.
A sustainable Urban Forest Management Plan is crucial in order for the city to move forward proactively in enhancing the existing urban forest, and to meet the needs of an expanding population. Developing that plan will not only benefit the forest, but also improve the quality of life for generations to come.
In addition to providing input via Virtual Town Hall, Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation will hold a public meeting on Wednesday, May 22, 2013 from 6:30 – 8:00 pm at the Princess Anne Recreation Center (1400 Nimmo Pkwy). Citizens can learn what is in the works to improve the environmental, economic and social benefits of the city through the proper planting, maintenance and preservation of trees, and provide input on the city’s Urban Forest Management Plan. This meeting will focus on the southern watersheds (North Landing River, Back Bay, Northwest River, and Sandbridge).
For more information about the Urban Forest Management Plan, please contact Susan French at 385-4076 or sfrench@VBgov.com. More information can be found by visiting www.VBgov.com/urbanforestry
Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation’s vision is a balanced, sustainable and value-focused system of parks, recreation and public spaces that creates a sense of community. We are accredited by CAPRA, the certifying agency of the National Recreation and Park Association. For more information, call (757) 385-1100 (TTY: 711 Virginia Relay), visit VBgov.com/parks or sign up our email newsletters at VBgov.com/eNews. Find us on Facebook at facebook.com/VBParksRec
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