Have a Tree For ALL

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"Have a Tree for All" is a pilot program to increase the tree canopy in Cedar East and involve residents in tree care has been developed by neighborhood resident, Master Gardner, and Tree Care Advisor Doris Wickstrom.

The objectives of the program, according to Wickstrom, are:  

  1. to improve the quality of life,
  2. increase the tree canopy in Cedar East by 19%,
  3. to develop a tree planting plan that involves residents,
  4. use the latest research to choose the right tree for the right place, and
  5. to conserve costs.

Wickstrom recruited a second Master Gardener, Tree Care Advisor Mary Majors to help do a tree inventory, which is the first step of the plan. The inventory involves inspecting each tree in the neighborhood, measuring its diameter, and assessing the condition. Urban Tree Canopy (UTC) maps, from the Minneapolis Forestry Department will be used to record existing trees on private property as well as the city boulevards.  This project data will help to update city boulevard maps.  The Forestry Department also provided a spreadsheet with boulevard tree information.  Majors and Wickstrom have updated it to include all trees in the neighborhood with attention to boulevard width, power lines and signage visibility.  The data gathered will result in comprehensive and accurate information for the area.

The next phase of the program is to generate a plan for new tree planting based on identified open space and willingness of residents to care for the trees.

The trees will be selected to create a diversity of tree stock in the area, and to ensure the right tree is planted in the right location. “For instance, we will not put a large tree under utility wires.  The purpose of the program is to improve the quality of life in the neighborhood.  Trees clean the air, reduce noise, reduce heating and cooling costs and provide beauty.” said Wickstrom.

The goal is to order new trees in the spring of 2016 for planting in the fall. Over the summer, the young trees will be maintained in gravel beds to develop a stronger root system for the fall planting. The gravel bed system increases the rate of survival of new trees and keeps costs low.  Bare root trees will be purchased in the spring and put in gravel beds to develop their roots systems. Trees will be easier to handle at planting.  University of Minnesota forestry students will help build and gravel beds and will work with Wickstrom and fellow Master Gardeners to provide training to residents in care and maintenance of the trees.

Funding to buy new trees has not yet been secured. A request was made to the Cedar Riverside NRP. The funding proposal includes money to give residents a stipend for their participation in tree care.   Money is needed to buy materials for the raised beds and provide assistance at planting time.

Wickstrom has developed a powerpoint slide show describing the “Let’s Have a Tree for All” program.  You can contact her at doris.wickstrom@gmail.com. if you would like to show it, or if you would like to participate in the program.   

People are needed:  

  • To attend meetings to help select trees and areas-see results of tree inventory early spring 2016 and 2017

  • To help with tree maintenance in gravel beds

  • Help with planting day planning

  • Tree maintenance after planting

Encourage CRNRP to fund this worthwhile program.  Call CRNRP at Phone: 612-876-9348

 

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