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Albion hires firm for tree inventory, forestry management plan

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 26 April 2019 at 2:54 pm

ALBION – The Village Board on Wednesday accepted a proposal from a Trumansburg firm to do a tree inventory and develop a forestry management plan for the village.

Davey Resource Group will be paid $41,450 for the project. The village received a $38,260 state grant for the tree inventory and management plan.

Davey will create a GIS-based inventory of trees, planting sites and stumps along 37 miles of public rights-of-way within the village line. DRG’s urban foresters will locate about 5,000 sites in the village and record specific information about each site for the database.

For each site, Davey will detail the address, species, tree size, multi-stem tree, condition, maintenance needs, defects, tree risk assessment and rating, residual risk, overhead utilities and date of inventory.

The report on the tree sites will be accessible to the village in a computer software program known as TreeKeeper, offering immediate access to tree data to the Department of Public Works.

Once the inventory is done, Davey will develop a management plan for the village, including the trees at parks and Mount Albion Cemetery. There will be hazard rating to identify trees that should be removed and spots identified for new trees to be planted.

The village received the grant from the Department of Environmental Conservation’s Urban and Community Forestry Program.

The village will be given a recommendation for diverse tree plantings that would thrive in the village. A variety of trees would also protect the village from losing a large percentage of trees to blight.

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