The Turtle Creek Corridor is a complex ecosystem that has been impacted by many changes over the years. The area contains a great amount of diversity, which is unique given that the location is within a major metropolitan setting. As a result, the proper care and management of the native ecosystems is of critical importance. A properly managed ecosystem will increase the populations of wildlife and their habitat; improve air, water and soil quality; increase aesthetic appeal; as well as offer recreational opportunities. Proactive management of this precious resource will help to increase its reputation as a signature world class park that is a treasured and highly valued asset.
Forest management is the practical application of scientific, social, and economic principles to the administration, operation, and maintenance of a forest. Proper forest management includes the care and control of a forested ecosystem to maintain and improve the health, vigor, flow of resources including wildlife and its habitat, recreational opportunities, air and water quality as well as aesthetic enhancement. Towards that end, this plan was commissioned by the Turtle Creek Association to act as a general guidance tool for future urban forest management.
The following information accurately depicts the current circumstances and provides concepts as well as recommendations for consideration in developing future management plans. The management plan is a working document that will change over time due to changes in the ecosystem as well as changes in management priorities. The first step in managing an asset is to inventory the current holdings with the next step being the development of priorities and a solid plan for its management. The information to follow provides a general look at the existing forest ecosystem and encourages the development of priorities as well as concepts which become the foundation for future management plans. The content includes the most common species found and their life expectancy, the largest sizes recorded for each species, the current condition of each tree and it value to wildlife as well as recommended species for future planting (see table of contents for the location of this information).