The City of Austin’s Community Tree Priority Map (formerly Planting Prioritization) serves as a decision support tool to determine where to focus forestry activities in Austin, Texas. This map shows U.S. Census tracts (2010) containing tabular data related to community forestry priorities determined by the Community Tree Preservation Division’s Urban Forest Program. Prioritization is determined through the priority score. This score combines nine measures normalized and summarized into four broad categories. The score is aggregated at the neighborhood (U.S. Census tract) level. Scores can range from 0 to 100 with higher scores meaning a higher need for community forestry activities to achieve more equitable canopy distribution. Finally, the priority level provides a categorical representation of the data for a simplified view.
Priority Score = ( Σ Natural Environment + Σ Social Vulnerability + Σ Community Investment + Σ Health & Well-Being ) / 4
This map was updated in 2020. Minor updates are made as-needed with a review and data update scheduled for 2025 (every 5 years).
Ultimately, this map is used to aggregate Urban Forest Grant/Portal projects and tree planting/distribution data to assess program performance.
This dataset is intended to be downloaded as a GIS Shapefile but may also be viewed in Excel. It's also available in ArcGIS Online at https://austin.maps.arcgis.com/home/item.html?id=7d7c5260e60c4f8ab811d2c5fda6c40f
|Name||Socrata field name||Column name in ||Data type||Description|
|TRACT_FULL_NAME||tract_full_name||tract_full_name||Text||Census tract full name.|
|ZIPCODES||zipcodes||zipcodes||Text||Zip codes covering the priority area (i.e. Census tract).|
|TRACT_SQMI||tract_sqmi||tract_sqmi||Number||Census tract land area in square miles.|
|PRIORITY_LEVEL_SIMPLE||priority_level_simple||priority_level_simple||Text||Priority level determined by the priority score. Simple view provides 2 class breaks for reporting.|
|ENVIRONMENT_SCORE||environment_score||environment_score||Number||Cumulative score for the environment category.|
|PERCENT_CANOPY_2018||percent_canopy_2018||percent_canopy_2018||Number||% of land area covered in tree canopy (2018).|
|PERCENT_CANOPY_2014||percent_canopy_2014||percent_canopy_2014||Number||% of land area covered in tree canopy (2014).|
|AE_SERVICE_AREA||ae_service_area||ae_service_area||Text||Determines if the priority area is in the Austin Energy service area (i.e. NeighborWoods service area).|
|AUSTIN_CITY_LIMITS||austin_city_limits||austin_city_limits||Text||Determines if the priority area is in the City of Austin's jurisdiction.|
|GEOID10||geoid10||geoid10||Text||Census tract unique ID.|
|PRIORITY_LEVEL_DETAILED||priority_level_detailed||priority_level_detailed||Text||Priority level determined by the priority score. Detailed view provides 5 class breaks.|
|PRIORITY_SCORE||priority_score||priority_score||Number||Cumulative score of all 4 categories.|
|HEALTH_SCORE||health_score||health_score||Number||Cumulative score for the health category.|
|INVESTMENT_SCORE||investment_score||investment_score||Number||Cumulative score for the investment category.|
|SOCIAL_SCORE||social_score||social_score||Number||Cumulative score for the social category.|