Tree Assessment/Inventory

Regardless of how well a plan may appear on paper, its goals will not be achieved until it is implemented. Implementation will occur in several steps which may differ between communities and these include:
• passing an ordinance;
• budgeting;
• hiring an arborist;
• appointing a tree advisory board;
• compiling a tree management plan; and
• developing a public education program.

The steps may or may not need funding depending on the utilization of volunteers and existing ordinances.

Often times, it is useful to chart an implementation schedule to follow the progress of the steps being taken. This schedule should show the steps involved and the expected time frame for implementation of each step. In addition, progress reports to be submitted to the city council or board of supervisors should be built into the schedule to ensure that delays or problems are detected and addressed. Maintaining a high profile and reporting on progress during implementation will garner public attention and interest, thereby encouraging the commitment of local government.

There are a number of methods that can be used to monitor the effectiveness of your management. These methods include, but are not limited to:
1) Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing Techniques – this utilizes aerial photographs to assess tree canopy cover.
2) Photopoints – photographs taken from the ground which will provide evidence of changes in tree condition and cover.
3) Public Polling – this involves asking for public opinion on the progress.
4) Ground Survey – the simplest and most accurate means for collecting detailed data.

Use of Different Tree Species
Preserving Existing Trees
Guidelines (Medians, Parking Lots)
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