City Of Buffalo, Minnesota

Davey Resource Group used tree inventory data they gathered to create a tree management plan that focuses on Emerald Ash Borer for the City of Buffalo in Minnesota.

Project Narrative

Davey Resource Group, Inc. (DRG) was contracted by the City of Buffalo, Minnesota to conduct a tree inventory and management plan as part of the city’s comprehensive tree care program. The results of this project will help Buffalo better understand the composition, structure, and maintenance needs of its urban forest; allocate resources; develop risk management strategies; and promote the ecosystem benefits the city’s trees provide to the local community.

Tree Inventory

The project is a GIS-based inventory of maintained trees found along public rights-of-way (ROW) and in public parks and properties. The inventory consists of DRG’s urban foresters locating approximately 8,500 sites and recording the specified information about each site in the inventory database. DRG based our tree inventory on the ANSI A300 Part 9 standards.
DRG delivered the city’s inventory data in TreeKeeper® and as ESRI® shapefiles and an Excel spreadsheet.

Tree Management Plan

DRG used Buffalo’s inventory data and industry standards and best management practices to develop a tree inventory management plan with a section focused on Emerald Ash Borer upon completion of the inventory.
Additionally, the cold November weather in Minnesota became an issue for the computers used in the field to collect data, so DRG went above and beyond by adhering handwarmers to the outside of the battery packs to keep the battery warm and allow the team to collect for longer periods of time.

DRG adhered handwarmers to the outside of battery packs to help with technology issues caused by the cold November weather in Minnesota.


Buffalo’s tree care program will help the city better understand the composition, structure, and maintenance needs of its urban forest.


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