The citizens of the City of Nichols Hills have expressed interest in the preservation and conservation of natural resources that are currently enjoyed in the City. These natural resources include a diversity of habitat sites, namely parklands and wetlands (anywhere weeping willows and cottonwoods grow).
Many parklands have older growth, specifically hardwood trees (remains of a forest), which have been preserved since Nichols Hills was developed in 1929. While patches of parklands are important, the most valuable habitat site is Grand Boulevard Park.
The Grand Boulevard Park is a connecting corridor, greenway, and pathway in which wildlife are able to forage and live. The channel, a tributary creek of the Deep Fork River, is an important element in the park. Although amphibians have lost habitat in the concrete embankments in the channel, they have been observed in the south end of the creek. There are also diverse bird communities in Nichols Hills, including the nesting of the highest concentration of Mississippi Kites in the State of Oklahoma.
Citizens want to ensure that this natural environment and wildlife habitat is conserved and enjoyed by Oklahomans now and in the future.
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.