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Urban Landscapes

Promote the use of native plants in landscaping; eliminate noxious/invasive plants; ensure the health of the city?s plant community; and improve the value of the urban landscape for non-pest wildlife.


  1. Create a distinctive image and sense of place for Omaha by emulating native prairie, wetland, and woodland areas and by using Native and Ecologically Well Adapted Non-Invasive Plants (NEWANIP) in landscapes.
  2. Reduce stormwater runoff and improve water quality by using NEWANIP with deep root systems characteristic of native prairie in landscaping and by preserving/restoring vegetated buffer zones along waterways.
  3. Strategically use ecosystem restoration/enhancement projects, urban forestry, and landscaping to:
    • Offset the heat island effect of urban development
    • Offset the city?s greenhouse gas emissions
    • Mitigate the effect of higher temperatures predicted to result from climate change
  4. Recommend and implement the use of NEWANIP and landscape maintenance practices that will reduce air and water pollution while also allowing for fewer resources to be used in maintenance.
  5. Improve the health of the urban landscape through practices that improve soil quality and use stormwater as a valued asset.
  6. Develop landscape/structure design and operation practices for the urbanized environment that will reduce noxious, nuisance and/or invasive plant and wildlife species.



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