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File #: 20-1613    Version: 1 Name: 10/19/20 Resolution in Support of Natural Features Working Group
Type: Resolution Status: Passed
File created: 10/19/2020 In control: City Council
On agenda: 10/19/2020 Final action: 10/19/2020
Enactment date: 10/19/2020 Enactment #: R-20-411
Title: Resolution in Support of Natural Features Working Group Proposal to UM SEAS
Sponsors: Anne Bannister
Attachments: 1. SEASMasterStudentPropOct20.pdf
Resolution in Support of Natural Features Working Group Proposal to UM SEAS
Whereas, the City's Natural Features Master Plan (2004) called for more thorough inventory of the City's Natural Features, especially of Woodlands;

Whereas our current Woodlands information cannot distinguish a Native Forest Fragment from a Buckthorn thicket, when much more detailed information is vital to have in GIS format;

Whereas, the 2004 Master Plan also called for an outreach program to work with people in neighborhoods to teach them about their local landscapes, natural features, water resources and conservation -- with an eye to encouraging them to become better, more sustainable stewards of those landscapes;

Whereas, a Council requested review of the status of the "Natural Features Ordinance" (2016) resulted in a set of recommendations that also called for significant strides in knowledge of our natural features, particularly of forests across the City, and it called for an outreach program to help people know how to develop more sustainable landscapes and conserve water on the land;

Whereas, it has become increasingly clear that many natural ecosystems and the diversity of species in them are facing an alarming possibility of collapse and extinction, world-wide and in Michigan;

Whereas it is known that older trees (especially Oaks, which are highly represented in Ann Arbor's Native Forest Fragments) are outstanding at sequestering carbon (thousands of pounds a year, per tree), and they are huge caterpillar habitats (pollinators);

Whereas it would cost many tens of thousands of dollars to hire consultants to accomplish these efforts for the City, when dollars may be hard to come by in the near term for such purposes;

Whereas it is likely this project would also produce far more useful results than any consultant could provide and would include enough field work to gain good confidence in the data;

Whereas most of the work in this project with UM School for ...

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