Grant Enables Street Tree Inventory
Yes, someone is measuring the parkway trees in your neighborhood this summer! The Village of Bartlett recently was awarded a $15,000 Urban and Community Forestry Grant through The Morton Arboretum and U.S. Forest Service. This grant made it possible for the Village to hire a contractor to complete a full and accurate inventory of trees within Bartlett’s parkways, right-of-ways and other owned areas.
There are an estimated 15,000 public trees in Bartlett, but the Village has not had a full, up-to-date inventory in several years. During the emerald ash borer epidemic, Public Works crews became aware that many recorded tree sizes were inaccurate by as much as four to 12 inches. Also, none of the trees planted through the Village Parkway Tree Replacement Program have been added to the current tree inventory.
Graf Tree Care of Batavia, Illinois was the low bidder on the project and will conduct the survey. The company’s certified arborists will collect not only the location of every public tree in the Village, but other information, such as species, size (diameter of tree trunk in inches), condition, and recommended maintenance needs. They also will be documenting any areas where spacing requirements would allow for new trees to be planted. It is expected that Graf will complete the tree inventory by this fall.
A complete street tree inventory will be a valuable asset for Bartlett’s Public Works Department. A fully updated and complete inventory will provide the Village with much needed information about the existing trees in the Village’s urban forest. It also will help staff assess potential risks that may be present in order to protect the health of community trees as well as the public’s safety. Most importantly, this information will be a useful tool to help plan for the future and create a long-term management plan to keep Bartlett’s public trees healthy, beautiful, and stable for years to come.