TreeKeepers Update #11

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Tree Inventories

Oakvillegreen hosted a tree Tree Inventory Workshopinventory on July 26 and will be hosting another one, one week from today on August 9th. You might be wondering why we’re doing this and why tree inventories are so important…

We all know that caring for and maintaining our urban forest is very important because of the benefits and ecological services that urban forests provide. One way to monitor and maintain the urban forest is by completing a tree inventory. A tree inventory can give a good picture of the health and state of the urban forest in general by collecting information about the individual tree and its surroundings. This can give us information about:

  • Changes in urban forest health
  • Species distribution
  • The response of the urban forest to disease or invasive species such as EAB
  • The location of hazard trees
  • The location of heritage and rare trees
  • The location of potential planting spots

This information is then used for strategic urban forest planning and stewardship. Specifically, it can be used to create goals and documents such as an Urban Forest Management Plan that guide urban forest management and maintenance 20 years into the future.

The Neighbourwoods program was developed by Dr. Andy Kenney and Dr. Danijela Puric-Mladenovic of the University Toronto. Neighbourwoods was developed to assist communities and professionals in collecting the information they need to strategically plan and manage their urban forest. It is an easy to use tree inventory protocol that engages community members in urban f1-DSCN4227orest stewardship. Neighbourwoods considers:

  • Species
  • Size
  • Location
  • Condition

More information can be found here: http://neighbourwoods.org/index.html

For more info on our August 9th tree inventory workshop click here.

To RSVP for this workshop email oakvilletreekeepers@gmail.com


Corporate Greening Days

Last Friday we wrapped up the last of 4 great stewardship days with the folks at Amerisource Bergen. The group was at Langtry Park removing dog-strangling vine (DSV) and buckthorn.

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Oakvillegreen’s Corporate Greening Days are a great way to care for Oakville’s environment and learn about Oakville’s ecology. For more information on our Corporate Greening Days click here.