Urban Trees: A Guide for Selection, Maintenance and Master Planning

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The key to a successful urban forestry program in the 1990s is the municipal street tree master plan - a comprehensive review of a city and its trees, forestry department, and citizens. In this easy-to-follow, fact-filled book, you'll learn the A to Z of preparing a street tree master plan - with precise guidelines for cataloging existing trees, selecting the right trees for future planting, maintaining urban trees, and working with the municipal laws and regulations that govern city streets and parks. Using ...
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The key to a successful urban forestry program in the 1990s is the municipal street tree master plan - a comprehensive review of a city and its trees, forestry department, and citizens. In this easy-to-follow, fact-filled book, you'll learn the A to Z of preparing a street tree master plan - with precise guidelines for cataloging existing trees, selecting the right trees for future planting, maintaining urban trees, and working with the municipal laws and regulations that govern city streets and parks. Using informative case studies and illustrations, a master landscape architect and horticulturist documents his step-by-step approach to:. Taking the critical street tree inventory - with the newest methodologies for counting, describing, and disseminating street tree data;. Choosing the best trees for your climate and site using the diversification formula established by the International Society of Arboriculture, and the author's own recommendations for the 50 best trees for urban environments;. Implementing an effective, cost-saving program of general tree maintenance - with detailed tips on pruning, roots, pest management, and leaf and wood disposal;. Administration techniques - how to evaluate municipal forestry departments, tree care equipment, and the laws and regulations that protect trees; and. Public relations and citizens awareness groups - with a multitude of proven strategies for promoting tree care and volunteerism, from "Adopt-a-Tree" to cable TV and the local press. Plus, easy-to-use appendices round out your knowledge by providing botanical descriptions and illustrations of each recommended street tree, charts of the species that have been successfully planted in different U.S. and Canadian cities, and comparisons of the services and budgets of various municipal forestry departments. Regardless of how you use Urban Trees - as a detailed roadmap to creating a street tree master plan, as a quick reference of planting and pruning techniques, or as a
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A comprehensive handbook for people involved in municipal forestry programs. Explains computer methods for taking a street tree inventory, maintaining existing and choosing future trees, working within the laws and policies that govern streets and parks, and other topics. Emphasizes the importance of a master tree plan. Well illustrated. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780070498358
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill School Education Group
  • Publication date: 3/1/1993
  • Pages: 273
  • Product dimensions: 7.63 (w) x 9.57 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
1 Introduction to Urban Trees 1
Value of the Municipal Arborist 1
Value of Urban Trees 2
An Historical Introduction to Municipal Arboriculture 5
2 Municipal Street Tree Master Plan 19
Objectives and Summary 19
SMA Forestry Department Accreditation Program 24
3 Street Tree Inventory 27
Objectives 27
Inventory Computerization 28
Data Collection 33
Using the Street Tree Inventory 36
4 Recommended Street Trees 47
Tree Selection Process 47
Municipal Environment 52
Tree Aesthetics 55
Municipal versus Commercial Nurseries 57
Tree Planting Techniques 63
Planting 68
5 Tree Care 81
Tree Pruning 81
Root Problems 91
Tree Maintenance Tips 94
Integrated Pest Management 97
Systemic Tree Injections 99
Leaf Collection and Composting 106
Disposal of Wood and Chips 110
6 Administration 119
Municipal Forestry Departments 119
Equipment for Professional Tree Care 124
Contracting versus In-House Forestry Staff 129
Laws and Regulations 132
Street Tree Ordinance 136
Tree Preservation Ordinance 146
7 Public Relations Programs 153
Volunteers 153
Ideas 159
Arbor Day Ceremonies 169
Tree City - USA 174
Champion Trees 175
8 The Abridged Plan 179
Inventory 179
Other Components 180
Conclusion 181
Appendix A. Detailed Description of Recommended Trees 185
Appendix B. Recommended Trees from Various Cities 257
Appendix C. Comparison of Various City Forestry Programs 261
Index 271
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