Having a well-managed urban forest provides a wide range of social, environmental, and economic benefits. In addition to being aesthetically pleasing, trees provide quantifiable services to the community, such as reduced energy consumption, improved air quality, lower air temperatures, and physical and mental health benefits for residents. Urban tree inventories evaluate trees for species, health, location, and other fields defined by the city. Once collected, this tree data helps urban forest managers proactively manage their operations to ensure a healthy, sustainable urban forest.
City Tree Inventory Recommendations
- Provide guidance to property owners on removal of hazardous trees.
- Monitor trees in poor/dying/dead condition.
- Maintain or establish a cyclical, routine tree monitoring and maintenance schedule.
- Educate the community about the tree inventory population, the associated benefits, and how to properly care for their trees.