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File #: 20-0018    Version: 1 Name: TO APPROVE AND ADOPT A FOREST PRESERVE TREE PROTECTION AND PRESERVATION MANUAL
Type: Resolution Status: Approved
File created: 10/30/2019 In control: FPD Board of Commissioners
On agenda: 5/19/2020 Final action: 5/19/2020
Title: PROPOSED RESOLUTION TO APPROVE AND ADOPT A FOREST PRESERVE TREE PROTECTION AND PRESERVATION MANUAL WHEREAS, the Forest Preserves of Cook County (the "Forest Preserves") received a grant from the U.S. Forest Service Urban and Community Forestry Program via the Morton Arboretum and such grant was used for the development of a tree protection and preservation manual; and WHEREAS, as one of the largest landowners in Illinois, the Forest Preserves harbors open space which includes a diverse array of tree species that have stood for generations, and represent the ecological history of our region; and WHEREAS, trees provide ecosystem services such as cleaning the air, controlling soil erosion, and reducing the impacts of flooding; and WHEREAS, despite the finite nature of this resource, the Forest Preserves also faces constant pressure to add development features which may lead to the harm or destruction of trees if not protected; and WHEREAS, the Forest Preserves works to protect and ...
Sponsors: TONI PRECKWINKLE (President)
Related files: 21-0143
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PROPOSED RESOLUTION

TO APPROVE AND ADOPT A FOREST PRESERVE TREE PROTECTION AND PRESERVATION MANUAL

WHEREAS, the Forest Preserves of Cook County (the "Forest Preserves") received a grant from the U.S. Forest Service Urban and Community Forestry Program via the Morton Arboretum and such grant was used for the development of a tree protection and preservation manual; and

WHEREAS, as one of the largest landowners in Illinois, the Forest Preserves harbors open space which includes a diverse array of tree species that have stood for generations, and represent the ecological history of our region; and

WHEREAS, trees provide ecosystem services such as cleaning the air, controlling soil erosion, and reducing the impacts of flooding; and

WHEREAS, despite the finite nature of this resource, the Forest Preserves also faces constant pressure to add development features which may lead to the harm or destruction of trees if not protected; and

WHEREAS, the Forest Preserves works to protect and manage trees and forests by providing specifications for licenses and construction agreements that require tree and shrub removal to be minimized and compensated for according to the Forest Preserves' Tree Mitigation Plan approved by the Forest Preserves' Board of Commissioners (Board Items 07143, 16-0233, and 16-0308); and

WHEREAS, even with these standards and specifications in place, however, construction activities on Forest Preserves lands have not always adequately planned for the protection of trees, resulting in collateral damage to the Forest Preserves' forests and tree canopy; and

WHEREAS, in recognition of these concerns, the proposed Tree Protection and Preservation Manual details internal measures to protect trees and other vegetation from construction impacts; and

WHEREAS, it is intended that the proposed Tree Protection and Preservation Manual will also apply to external entities and that compliance with such manual will be added as a contract requirement i...

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