Specific and achievable canopy targets – how to model your capacity for tree canopy

Targets are commonly used by councils to promote their ambition for increased tree canopy. To be credible they must be achievable and specific to the environment they relate to. Not all cities are the same. The capacity of a local government area to provide tree canopy is influenced by the land uses contained within it, and the relative proportions of those land uses.

This presentation will explore data typically available to urban foresters and the method of site-based analysis and modelling used by the City of Sydney to calculate the potential capacity of specific land uses to accommodate tree canopy. It will also demonstrate how this analysis and modelling can be used to set canopy targets specific to land use types, and how the results can be used to direct operational programs towards achieving such targets.

Phillip Julian

Phil is the Senior Tree Coordinator at the City of Sydney Council. Phillip has 20 years’ experience in park and tree management for local government in NSW.  He has a BSc. in Urban Horticulture and diplomas in Arboriculture and Business Management.

After working tree contract management, in recent years Phil has specialised in the management and analysis of data required to drive the City’s urban forest and operational programs. He uses the insights gained from such analysis to influence policy development for greening and tree canopy