Often, property owners look at the location of a tree on their properties and think “That tree shouldn’t have been planted there. It’s just not the right place.”
Planting a tree takes some forward-looking. One needs to picture that sapling as a full grown tree and imagine if that will be the best place for the tree and the property owner.
To aid in that future canopy planning, the city’s Street Tree Advisory Committee (STAC) is making available to the public an attractive, comprehensive and easy to read poster with a simple message: Right Tree-Right Place.
STAC member Fremont Latimer and chair Chuck Lippi worked on the project for nearly a year with the goal of providing educational guidance to the public about what trees work in certain locations.
Many beautiful trees have simply outgrown the space they were provide when planted because of surrounding structures or streets, or they were planted under powerlines and then have to be trimmed in ways that may not be best for the tree’s appearance or health.
Many in the community who lost trees during Hurricane Matthew are anxious to replace them and will find the poster a very helpful guide both when considering what type of tree to plant and what is its most appropriate location.
The poster, printable in a convenient 8.5” x 11” format is available by clicking here.
The poster and the work of the STAC is evidence of the city’s ongoing concern for and care of its urban canopy. Making use of a $20,000 grant with a 50% match by the city, work will begin soon on the development of an Urban Forestry Management Plan that will include an updated street and park tree inventory.
Additionally, part of the development of the plan will include an evaluation of the health and condition of trees, the diversity of species, and their locations which will be used to produce a GIS based map of the tree inventory. All of this will be of value as a guide in future planting and management of our urban forest and will involve the public’s input through surveys, and public meetings.
For more information contact the city’s Streets and Grounds Division at 904.825.1040.