As the project progresses, we will provide updates and any news on here.
Final Plan Released
Public comments received were reviewed and incorporated into the plan, and we we are proud to announce that the 2024 Knoxville Urban Forest Master Plan is now complete! All documents can be found here.
Plan Now Available for Public Comment!
Based on a year's worth of work with the community of Knoxville, we are proud to announce that we now have the Knoxville Urban Forest Master Plan available for public comment. We would love to know what you think, and if you have any feedback on the plan. Comment period closes on February 1, 2024.
Summary of all input is now available! Throughout the Discovery process, public input was collected from Knoxville residents in multiple ways, including a public survey, community events, open houses, interviews, and multiple gatherings by the project Advisory Group. Read a summary report (27 page PDF) on what we heard from the Knoxville community, or take a look at the themes we heard in the list below. Thank you to all who provided feedback!
Six avenues of input collection:
Themes from Public Input. The following is a list of themes of comments heard across all six avenues. Read the full report for more detail on what we heard from those that engaged.
Survey result summary (PDF) is now available. This also includes comments received in the open houses as well. Up next - full summary of all input across all avenues to wrap up our "discovery" phase of this project!
Community Group Presentations. In order to meet people "where the public already is," the project team made itself available to meet with a variety of community groups from January to May 2023, which generated a variety of discussions and feedback. Invitations came from the following community groups:
In Person House. A in person open house for the UFMP was held on May 11, 2023 from 4-7 p.m. at the Cansler YMCA. Thank you to all that attended!
Virtual Open House. A virtual open house for the UFMP was held on May 4, 2023 from 6-7:30pm on Zoom. The presentation is available here (PDF format), and a video of the event is available below. Thank you to all that attended!
Third Advisory Group Workshop. A group of 70+ members of the UFMP Advisory Group met for the final workshop on Thursday, April 20th. A copy of the presentation can be found in the link below. A summary of input received, as well as a recording of all the raw notes collected is coming soon.
UFMP Workshop at the University of Tennessee. The UT workshop was a success, and we are grateful for all that attended to learn about Knoxville's urban forest, and provide on what they would like to see in the future.
Community Events Set for April and May 2023. We want to share with you all more on the urban forest and what we've learned so far. But more importantly, we want to provide another way to hear from you on what YOU would like the future Knoxville urban forest to be. Come to one of our community engagement events now set for April and May. Find out more.
Second Advisory Group Workshop. A group of 65 members of the UFMP Advisory Group met on Thursday, March 23rd, for the second of three workshops. A copy of the presentation, a summary of input received, as well as a recording of all the raw notes collected can be found at the links below.
First Advisory Group Workshop. A group of 75 members of the UFMP Advisory Group (see member list here) met on Thursday, February 23rd, for the first of three workshops. A copy of the presentation, a summary of input received, as well as a recording of all the raw notes collected can be found at the links below.
Kick Off Event Success! The community project kick-off event was a success with almost 100 attendees braving the rainy weather to come and hear about the new project launching.
Community Kick Off Event Set. A community project kick-off event will be held on Wednesday, December 14, 2022 from 5:30-7:00pm at the Civic Coliseum on 500 Howard Baker Jr Ave. Free parking available at the Coliseum Parking Garage. Light refreshments served.
View event invite here (PDF).
In the News
April 11, 2023 | WATE6
'Trees Knoxville' asks for public input on Knoxville Urban Forest Master Plan
The road leading up to the master plan started back in the fall of 2020 and will guide Knoxville tree plans for the next 20 years. Read full article.
April 10, 2023 | Knox News
Why Knoxville is planning to plant more trees, and how you can help
The city of Knoxville is mapping out plans to preserve and increase the number of trees in the area for the next 20 years. Read the full article.
April 5, 2023 | WVLT8
Trees Knoxville asks for public input
Trees Knoxville asked the public for their opinions on the plan for trees in Knoxville. Read the full article.
December 7, 2022 | ABC6 Wate.com
Knoxville to launch 20-year plan to increase tree coverage
The City of Knoxville and nonprofit Trees Knoxville are inviting Knoxville residents, business owners, developers, community groups, and other stakeholders to help develop a long-term plan for increasing tree cover across the city. Read the full article.