There is a vast richness of heritage and cultural layers embedded in the landscapes and trees of the NCA and broader Canberra. From the First Nations people, through to the time of the Griffins and Weston then onto Pryor and the NCDC, the landscape and trees carry many stories and values. There are numerous significant groups of trees that are protected under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 and individual trees of heritage value.
As custodians of this living place there is a need to plan for not only the immediate future but for the next century and beyond. It is essential for the Tree Management Policy to guide the evolution and transition of the dynamic urban forest, to a composition more suited to projected climatic and environmental conditions while retaining heritage and cultural qualities that are so unique to Canberra. In addition to the provision of heritage and cultural values there are contemporary expectations of environmental service provision from trees that contribute to liveability and health and wellbeing.