Package Deal: Inventory, Review and Plan
The City of Batavia NY contracted with Urban Forest Analytics LLC to help them forge a plan to improve management of the public urban forest and increase environmental benefits. Browsable components included:
- Inventories: full park tree, sample street tree
- Executive summary of structure and function of tree resource
- Facilities review of current equipment, personnel, policies and procedures
- 20-year tree management plan
This was a fun project working with terrific people, and it had great results!
Racetrack tree risk assessment
A large racetrack contracted with Urban Forest Analytics to conduct a complete tree risk assessment. After an exploratory survey identified approximately 3,000 trees on the property, we used a mixture of Simple Visual and Basic assessment methods, following the new Tree Risk Assessment method from the ISA. Striking results included a very deep sandy soil, a high water table, and a large number of over-mature native species.
The main building on a historic campus of the State University of New York was destined for reconstruction, and we were asked to evaluate the century-old woody plant materials and recommend preservation procedures. Tree species such as red and black oak, sugar maple and white cedar were found, as well as historic shrubs such as ninebark. The levels of health and stability were analyzed, and used to establish the preservation recommendations.
Street tree analysis
The City of Schenectady contracted with us for a sample inventory and report. A random sample of blocksides was created for data collection, then analysis was run using the USDA Forest Service’s i-Tree Streets program. A 25-page report spelled out the findings, explained the consequences, and made short- and long-term management recommendations.
Utility Tree Risk Training
We partnered with Christopher J. Luley of Urban Forestry LLC to research and develop a comprehensive tree risk Specifications Manual for National Grid USA using the available scientific literature as the basis for approach and recommendations. A Training Manual, Certification Program and Field Guide were then developed to deliver the risk program to National Grid’s Field Arborists.
Municipal Risk Assessment
In a project carried out with leaves off, we assessed the risk of 256 mature trees–mostly silver maples–in a small community. The trees’ health and stability were analyzed using two different sets of criteria, and a complete photographic record was created. It became apparent that crown damage from an ice storm 15-20 years in the past had sent many of the trees into decline. The recommendation was that 40% of the trees needed to be removed, and strategies were proposed for managing budgets and public relations.
Trees Clean Air
We were contracted by a non-for-profit to research the inclusion of trees with a State Implementation Plan and develop supporting educational materials. Five technical factsheets supported a lengthy detailed final report on the actual procedures necessary for planting the large number of trees required. Resource materials for the general public, policy makers and researchers were posted on a new website.
College Facility Review
We worked with JMZ Architects to review the facilities at Adirondack Community College and make recommendations. After conducting a full GPS-based inventory, we analyzed current condition, proposed measures to improve health and stability, and suggested integrating native forest remnants and landscape trees within the academic program.