City of Lancaster, PA
Davey Resource Group worked with the City of Lancaster to plan, inventory and implement the care and maintenance of their urban forest.
From Tree Planning Through Tree Improvements
Starting in December 2021, Davey Resource Group, Inc. (DRG) completed a geographic information system (GIS)-based inventory of nearly 12,000 trees, stumps, and vacant sites located in the right-of-way and 24 parks within the City of Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
The City of Lancaster first retained DRG to develop an urban forest master plan for the city, which was completed in 2019. One major recommendation from that planning process was for the city to undertake a comprehensive tree inventory. In 2021, Lancaster followed through on implementing that recommendation and contracted with DRG to undertake this next phase.
Leveraging Federal Funds
To help the client overcome some budgeting challenges, DRG was able to break the inventory project into two phases. DRG worked with the client to understand their priority areas of the city and focus the initial phases of the work on those areas.
Shortly after that inventory was completed, the city received funding from the county to remove and replace the dead trees identified in that inventory and to plant all empty tree wells. Using federal funding from the American Rescue Plan, they also received a grant from the U.S. Forest Service for tree removal and maintenance.