Tree Des Moines
Inspiring People to Plant, Nurture and Celebrate Trees
If Trees Could Talk, They'd Cry 'Help!'
Spring 2016 Large numbers of city-owned trees in Des Moines are in poor health, and efforts to help the urban forest rebound are complicated by emerging pests, diseases, and city budget constraints.
Tree Des Moines hired Davey Resource Group in late 2015 to inventory trees located in city-owned rights-of-way and high-traffic sections of six public parks and cemeteries. The inventory’s results are a sobering reminder of how at-risk the city’s forestry resources are. On one side, there’s an uphill climb to maintain existing trees (for example, pruning). On the other, there’s a cumulating, annual unmet need to replace dead and dying trees. The combined effect is a net reduction in Des Moines’ urban forest.
Tivon Feeley, Iowa’s Forestry Health Program leader says “we failed to learn our lesson from Dutch elm disease about the importance of planting diversity. Hopefully, we will learn this time as the emerald ash borer changes our urban landscape.”
"We failed to learn our lesson from Dutch elm disease about the importance of planting diversity. Hopefully, we will learn this time as the emerald ash borer changes our urban landscape.”
Highlights of the Tree Inventory
About the Tree Inventory
The inventory is meant to serve as a planning tool to help develop a program for tree care, including budget, staff, and equipment needs. The inventory was conducted by Davey Resource Group, which was hired by Tree Des Moines in collaboration with the City of Des Moines. All trees, stumps, and a percentage of vacant planting sites along city-owned rights-of-way (street trees) were included in the inventory. Also included in the inventory were maintained areas of Greenwood Park, McRae Park, Nash Park, Union Park, Glendale Cemetery, and Laurel Hill Cemetery. Source: Davey Resource Group.
Check Out Tree Inventory Results in Your Neighborhood
If you live in Des Moines you can check out information in your neighborhood – species as well as environmental benefits related to greenhouse gas reduction, water benefits and energy benefits. Click here
Copyright 2015. Tree Des Moines, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Tree Des Moines, Inc. PO Box 65217 West Des Moines, IA 50265 Phone: 515-577-0774