Washington parks may soon undergo a tree inventory.
Parks and Recreation Director Darren Dunkle said the city received a Tree Resource Improvement and Maintenance (TRIM) grant through the Missouri Department of Conservation. The city then sought proposals to conduct the inventory and got one response back.
Davey Resource Group, Ohio, submitted the only proposal. For $22,833, the amount of the grant, Davey will inventory up to 5,000 trees.
The park board signed off on the proposal. The city council will have to approve a contract at a 2018 meeting.
Dunkle said the study will help the city know what kinds and how many trees it’s responsible for maintaining. He said the study would likely start on parks properties and move on to other city properties if there are more trees left in the budget.
Dunkle said this might just be a start for the city and it could be something done regularly until the city is all caught up.
The inventory does not look at forests.
By identifying trees, Dunkle said it will help the city know if it needs more of a certain type of trees. He also said it will help with projection against invasive species.
For example, the city already has an action plan to handle the emerald ash borer. The plan is a step-by-step process for how the city should handle the invasive species.
The emerald ash borer is a beetle brought in from Asia. It attacks and kills ash trees. The beetles started in Michigan and have traveled to Missouri. By knowing where ash trees are, the city could more easily check the status and help protect the trees.
Dunkle said there’s a new threat for red maples so the city needs to know what trees are at risk.
The inventory would be computerized for easier access and could be updated when the city plants new trees.