To help communities understand the benefits of a healthy urban forest, the Davey Resource Group begins gathering data on tree species, condition, height, trunk diameter, density and more on trees in Grand Rapids, Mich.
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Grand Rapids Tree Inventory Project Begins This Week, Aim is to Protect Urban Forests
By Nate Reens, The Grand Rapids Press
GRAND RAPIDS – Data collectors, beginning Thursday, will be out reviewing 200 randomly selected city plots to assess the tree canopy in private and public-owned areas.
The inventory will identify tree species, condition, height trunk diameter and density and the results will establish Grand Rapids as a reference city to help other communities understand their urban forests, city leaders said.
The i-Tree Eco Project is funded through a U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service grant and is also taking place in Adrian and Ann Arbor. Workers from the Davey Resource Group plan to gather the data through the end of October.
The study findings will allow the city to establish a database of information on its urban forests and use that to guide public policy while maximizing tree preservation and planting.