Citizens have expressed interest in identifying Nichols Hills friendly, low intensity, and sustainable landscaping including types of native trees, ground cover, and native plants (known as “xeriscape) that would be most successful in the City of Nichols Hills.
Citizens are also interested in identifying more efficient approaches to the management of yard waste, compost, and mulch.
Oklahoma City Metropolitan Area Tree Canopy Assessment:
The Oklahoma City Metropolitan Area Tree Canopy Assessment is the first of its kind conducted within a 536 square mile study area in Central Oklahoma. This assessment was conducted during the spring and summer of 2019. Part of the assessment included using high-resolution satellite imagery to provide a birds-eye view of the entire forest within the study area showing the land cover type and distribution of the existing tree canopy. Along with the land cover assessment, a planting priority analysis was conducted to provide guidance and recommendations for future plantings to help mitigate the impacts of urban heat islands and stormwater runoff.
Design Guidelines Reference - Tress and Plants of Oklahoma City:
The Trees and Plants for Oklahoma City is a reference guide providing a list of proven plant materials for use in central Oklahoma. Section 1 “General Plant Material List” serves as a general guide for plant selection and spacing. Section 2 “Plants for
Specific Applications” lists acceptable species and provides guidelines for plant spacing for specific landscape applications cited in the City of Oklahoma City Zoning and Planning Code. This Code has been adopted by the City of Nichols Hills as a design guideline.