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TREE INVENTORY TO BE CONDUCTED IN CITY
of Ludington, Michigan (February 6, 2018) – The City of Ludington has selected Davey Resource Group, Inc. to conduct a comprehensive
inventory and assessment of an estimated 4,500 trees on public streets and
parks. The project is part of on-going
efforts within the City to manage trees, minimize the effects of future storm
damage, and assure the community has a healthy, sustainable urban forest.
College-educated, professional arborists from the urban forestry
consulting company are
in the City to inspect and map all the public trees. The arborists will be assessing the condition
and stability of each tree, looking for any damaged or dead material to be
removed, and evaluating any signs of decay or disease. Thus, you may observe them walking down city
streets collecting information on the trees.
They will be wearing bright yellow vests and Davey Resource Group hats.
The City selected Davey Resource Group, Inc. after it received a
grant from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Urban and Community
Forestry Program for $19,000. Ludington
must provide a match for a portion of the value of the inventory, which the
City plans to provide via staff time, regular tree maintenance, and volunteer
“Managing tree risk is a primary objective in completing these
assessments,” said Lee Mueller, a forestry specialist who is supporting the
inventory project in the City. “We will
identify any pruning or removal needs in addition to providing detailed
computer mapping of all the trees to aid the City in the future planting,
planning, and management of its urban forest resources.”
Davey Resource Group, Inc’s arborists will use handheld computers
loaded with information and aerial photographs from existing Geographic
Information System (GIS) to mark the location and record specific details of
each of the trees.
After the field work is complete, the City will have its inventory
data uploaded into an online platform. “We
look forward to receiving this update to our professional data,” said John
Shay, City Manager. “The plan is to prioritize tree
maintenance and use this information to put together a plan for the overall
improvement and expansion of the City’s tree management program.”
“This comprehensive inventory of our public trees will provide information
to maximize the long-term benefits of the urban forest for increasing the quality
of life in our community,” commented Sharon Bradley-Johnson, chair of the
City’s Tree Advisory Board. “Trees are
vital in absorbing air pollution, reducing stormwater problems, and providing
shade and energy conservation, just to mention a few of the roles they play and
important benefits they provide to our community.”
Along with the inventory occurring for the project, the City will
also be provided with inventory management software and an interactive website
has been developed to help provide the public with information on its urban
forest. Information on individual tree
species and benefits will be provided for all public trees across Ludington.
For more information about this important project, people are
encouraged to contact Tree Advisory Board chair Sharon Bradley-Johnson by
calling (989) 854-2740.