Work on the City of Charlottetown’s street tree inventory will begin this week. Davey Resource Group will be working with City staff to create a database of information about the City’s urban forest.
The inventory will focus on street trees located on public property and take about a month to complete. For the most part, crews will not need to access private property for this project. There may be some trees with shared ownership that will be included in the inventory.
The database created through the street tree inventory will allow for better tracking of disease, pests and hazardous trees. The information will be used to: develop a tree planting strategy, identify planting locations and ensure diversity of tree species; create efficient tree maintenance schedules; develop management strategies for invasive pests; and provide information needed for an urban forest management plan that engages the community and all stakeholders in creating a healthy urban forest into the future. Education and community engagement programs will be developed as part of this project to raise public awareness about what the City is doing and provide information about the tree in our urban forest.
The street tree inventory was made possible thanks to a 2015 TD Green Streets grant from TD Friends of the Environment Foundation (TD FEF) and Tree Canada. Over 125 applications were submitted to the 2015 TD Green Streets program, and the City of Charlottetown is one of 22 municipalities selected to receive a grant.
The funding was used to engage the tree care company and purchase urban forest management software.
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