In September 2013 the Village Board adopted a newly created plan to help guide the ongoing management of the thousands of trees growing on Village parkways. The plan was prepared by Urban Forestry LLC, a highly regarded arboricultural consulting firm, after working for eight months with Public Works Forestry/Grounds staff.
A link to the full plan can be found below. However a few highlights include these findings.
The Village’s 23,724 parkway trees have an appraised value of $118 million, and the majority of these trees are in very good to excellent condition largely owing to the routine maintenance they receive.
Using methodology know as i-Tree Streets modeling, Urban Forestry LLC determined that the Village’s current urban forest management program provides a return of $2.29 for each dollar spent on the care of the Village’s parkway trees.
On nearly all accounts, the Village has maintained a progressive and effective tree management program over the past twenty years.
In spite of challenges such as diseases, insects and storms, the average longevity of the Village’s parkway trees is significantly above average.
For more information, please call Public Works at 847-870-5640.