Tree Inventory Description

The University of Connecticut Extension Forest describes tree inventory as the gathering of accurate information on the health and diversity of the urban forest. How many street trees are there? What kind? In what condition are they? You cannot manage the urban forest effectively unless you know its condition. Tree inventories are an essential tool of good management.

Before you can truly manage your urban forest, you must know what you have, where it is and what condition it is in. Having a tree inventory is valuable and essential in developing any real management plan.

It is especially helpful in mitigating liability should a tree cause damage or injury. Having a tree inventory can also help in managing tree care, planting, pruning and removing trees in a cost-effective manner. But, in order for the inventory to maintain its value, it must be kept up-to-date as removals and additions are made as well as periodically noting the conditions of all existing trees.

There are many ways to approach a tree inventory. These methods of data collection will be determined by your community’s resources and the extent of knowledge that can be gained. In general, the more that you want to be able to do, the more expensive your project will be.

The main elements of the inventory will include a description of data collection methodologies, trees inventoried, condition of the trees, tree maintenance needs and hazards, tree values and an urban risk management guide.

Tree Inventory Methods
Decision Guide
Tree Planting
Wildlife Management Planting
Back to Home Page