The Road to a Thoughtful Street Tree Master Plan Streets serve the primary purpose of transportation and utility corridors. However, research supports roadside planting of trees as contributing to a community’s quality of life. Together with public parks and open space, street trees are a primary component of providing a “green” environment. However, many times the type of trees selected and the locations they are planted are less than ideal and cause numerous issues in the future. Street trees are an integral part of a community’s infrastructure, and should warrant thoughtful planning and budgeted management. Street trees are guests within our roadway corridor, yet can provide a unifying thread in an urban environment. Therefore, the right tree needs to be placed in the best place for the right reasons and be given appropriate after-care. This ongoing challenge currently confronts decision makers. This design manual was developed to assist communities and planners to not only select the best trees for their available planting sites, but also identifies principles of street tree design to most effectively create public green spaces, positively affect traffic patterns and create healthy living spaces. The following issues are answered in detail in the report: 1. Is your community street tree receptive? 2. What public attitudes and physical elements of the environment will have a direct influence on species selection, arrangement and placement? 3. What function should the street trees perform? 4. What is the practical degree of species diversity for a street tree population? 5. What factors should be considered when arranging or combining trees to achieve an effective street tree planting? 6. Which species should be assigned to tree receptive streets? 7. What factors determine where street trees should be placed and positioned? 8. What information should be included in the master plan document? 9. What circumstances often influence the materialism of thoughtful street tree master plans? 10. What other actions are required to establish a successful street tree population? The full report is available at http://www.lrrb.org/pdf/200832.pdf For more information, contact Gary R. Johnson, University of Minnesota-St. Paul Department of Forest Resources, at [email protected] or 612.625.3765 or Dan Gullickson, Mn/DOT Office of Environmental Services, at [email protected] or 651.366.3610.