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Summer 2021 Hudson Tree Inventory Begins

Hudson Tree Canopy 

The trees in the City of Hudson will be inventoried this month by an ISA forester. This August you may see people looking at and evaluating our trees in public spaces; this will be ISA Certified Arborist, Miguel Berrios, or members of his team from Land Beyond the Sea of Ithaca, New York. Berrios, who is also Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) Certified Technical Service Provider for Habitat Planning, has been awarded the contract for executing the urban forestry work of Street and Park Tree Inventory and writing up a Community Forest Management Plan for the care of these important community members. All of this is made possible by a grant awarded to the City of Hudson by the New York State Department of Conservation and was applied for by the Hudson Conservation Advisory Council.

Berrios-1What goes into a tree Inventory?

The foresters will evaluate each tree noting it’s species, DBH (diameter at breast height), health, exact GPS location and any management needs. This information will be provided to the city in an excel-friendly, update-able, format and also in hard copy.

What is a Community Forest Management Plan?

The Foresters will review the data and make a 5-year management plan recommendation from their findings. The plan will have an overview of the state of the Hudson canopy, list recommended maintenance in order of priority, such as, immediate removal due to danger, likely to fail, necessary pruning, tree pit too small to sustain tree, and more.  They will also look at the diversity of species to help us balance out as we move forward and plant more trees; thus avoiding the sad result of losing many of our Ash trees in the swift spread of the Emerald Ash Borer.

Berrios-2Why is this important for our community?

We need to know what we have so that we can plan for future planting of more trees and we need to preserve and maintain those trees that we currently have thriving. Trees are quiet workhorses in the environment; they sequester carbon, provide oxygen, soak up rainwater, create habitat and sustenance for pollinators, provide shade for our buildings, sidewalks and roads to help reduce the effect of global warming and help keep cooling prices down.  All that, and they look darn good while doing it.

So, if you see Mr. Berrios or members of his team snooping around trees, please welcome them and maybe offer a glass of water.  Their work is as important as the trees are to our community.

Many thanks to the New York State Department on Environmental Conservation.