Sterling Heights will use GIS mapping to conduct a comprehensive inventory of the city’s tree canopy

What is happening: The city of Sterling Heights celebrated its 37th Tree City USA award last April from the National Association of State Foresters and the USDA Forest Service, a recognition of the city’s ongoing efforts to improve and maintain a tree population. in good health. Not one to rest on its laurels, Sterling Heights is now launching an extensive tree inventory project that will span a 2021 pilot program. A 38th consecutive Tree City USA Award is all but guaranteed.

What is planned: Urban forestry consulting firm Davey Resource Group Inc. was contracted by the city to conduct a comprehensive inventory and assessment of approximately 37,500 trees on public roads and in city parks. The partnership expands an initiative first launched as a pilot program in 2021. The comprehensive inventory will help the city understand its current tree population, prioritize tree maintenance, and ensure a healthy and sustainable urban forest .

Why it matters: “An inventory is an important step in reinforcing a proactive approach to tree maintenance,” says Lee Mueller, a forestry specialist who supports the city’s inventory project. “We will identify any preliminary pruning or removal needs in addition to providing detailed computer mapping of all trees to assist the city in future planting, planning, and management of Sterling Heights’ urban forest resources.”

How they will do it: Davey’s professional arborists will be criss-crossing the city this fall and winter. Equipped with laptop computers, arborists will use GIS (Geographic Information System) to mark the location and record specific details – species, size and health – of each tree. This information will then be used by the city to inform future tree planting and maintenance programs. Michael Moore, the city’s director of public works, told us last april that the city could plant up to 2,000 new trees over the next two years.

[Related: Read “Sterling Heights makes way for more butterflies and more trees (and public art, too)” on Metromode.]

What they say : “Sterling Heights is committed to creating a sustainable community,” said Sterling Heights Mayor Michael Taylor. “Trees are an important part of that commitment, and we’re working hard to ensure that Sterling Heights remains an Arbor Day Foundation-designated ‘Tree City USA’ for years to come.”

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