Urban Forestry Master Plan

Urban Forestry Master Plan Development

In February 2017, the city received a grant from the Florida Forest Service to have the Green Infrastructure Center (GIC) conduct an analysis of our City’s urban forest and its ability to manage stormwater.  During this process there were two public workshops held. This document was used to inform the development of the Urban Forestry Master Plan (UFMP). In February 2019, Davey Resource Group was retained to complete the UFMP. The development of the UFMP included extensive community input, including four community meetings and three presentations at the Sustainability Committee.

According to the 2019 Community Satisfaction Survey, less than half of residents (49.4%) reported being satisfied with the City’s tree canopy coverage in their neighborhood. To increase community satisfaction, and to ensure the City has a healthy and well-managed urban forest the City has a multitiered approach to tree canopy expansion.

  1. Reforestation. In 2018, the community approved $439 million General Obligation Bonds that included $5 million to plant over 5,000 canopy trees throughout the City. To date, 873 trees have been planted as part of the G.O. Bond reforestation project and an addition 300 trees will be planted within the upcoming months.
  2. Tree Preservation Program. Chapter 46, Division 2 of the City Code establishes the tree preservation and permitting program.
  3. Land Development Regulations. Chapter 126 of the City Code establishes minimum landscape requirements, including diversification and expansion of canopy trees.
  4. Urban Forestry Master Plan. The UFMP is a guiding document that establishes best management practices for developing and maintaining a healthy and sustainable urban tree canopy,

Adoption of the Urban Forestry Master Plan

The UFMP was adopted by the City Commission on October 14, 2020. The UFMP provides an adaptive management approach that evaluates the existing tree canopy and provides best management practices for growing a healthy urban forest. The UFMP establishes goals, targets, and recommendations. The key targets are as follows:

  1. Increase canopy coverage from 17% to 22% tree canopy cover citywide by 2040.
  2. Implement a 5-year urban forest maintenance plan by 2021.
  3. Palms currently make up 57% of the public tree population. Palms should make up no more that 25% of the public tree population by 2050.
  4. Release and annual State of Miami Beach Urban Forest Report beginning in 2021.

The UFMP also includes a design toolkit that outlines an appropriate planting palette, design criteria considerations, and three case studies related to sea level rise adaptation. The planting palette includes native and Florida-friendly palm and tree species that are appropriate for Miami Beach’s existing and future conditions.

To view the Urban Forestry Master Plan, please click here.

GO #33 Street Tree Plan

In November 2018, Miami Beach residents voted to approve the $439 million General Obligation Bond Program, passing all 3 related ballot questions with an outstanding support rate of approximately 70%. One of the projects supported by residents, is the GO #33: Street Tree Plan. This project aims at increasing the City's shade tree canopy coverage by reforesting and planting up to 5,000 new shade trees, as part of the City's Urban Forestry Master Plan. Some of the areas included in this reforestation plan are:

  • Pocket Park
  • Muss Park
  • 40th Street
  • Stillwater
  • Biscayne Point
  • South Beach
  • Normandy Isles
  • Normandy Shores