Fontenelle Forest’s Michelle Foss selected to lead Metro Area Planning Agency’s Community Forestry Plan Working Group
Fontenelle Forest is one of the largest urban forests and nonprofit nature centers in the United States. We own and actively manage over 2,100 acres of land for public enjoyment and protect critical habitat bordered by the Missouri River. We are proud that Michelle Foss, Director of Stewardship & Research at Fontenelle Forest, has been selected to lead the Metro Area Planning Agency’s Community Forestry Plan Working Group. You can learn more about this plan from Michelle on Oct. 20th from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. CST on Zoom: https://rb.gy/3b4tlt.
The Metropolitan Area Planning Agency adopted the Community Forest Plan as the “big idea” for 2020. The workgroup includes representatives from the City of Bellevue, Omaha Public Power District, URBAN BIRD & NATURE ALLIANCE, Lamp Rynearson, City of Omaha Parks and Recreation, University of Nebraska Extension, Douglas County GIS Department and Fontenelle Forest. The goal is to improve the natural resource management and green infrastructure relating to trees in this region.
This plan requires stakeholder engagement of community governments, counties, individual businesses and citizens. To get involved and for more information on Heartland 2050: https://lnkd.in/dWS7DRR You can also read an overview of the Omaha Metro Community Forestry Plan here.
–Merica Whitehall, Executive Director of Fontenelle Forest