Urban Forest Management
Environmental Services, Inc., (ESI) can provide a variety of services to assist with both quantifying and enhancing these values. Our staff of professional arborists can provide unbiased recommendations on individual tree care, including removal, pruning, and planting. At the project management level, our staff can provide guidance on planning for the use of urban trees, in conjunction with limitations imposed by government regulation of wetlands and endangered species. Our diverse staff of arborists, foresters, ecologists, and biologists can also perform detailed data collection and resource characterization to improve management of the urban forest at the county, municipal, or neighborhood level.
Benefits of Urban Forests
Properly managed urban forests provide a wide array of benefits, including aesthetic enhancement, ecological enhancement, and sociological benefits.
Aesthetically, an appropriately sited, cared-for tree on a residential lot can increase the home price by $10,000 or more. Tree buffers screening industrial facilities or transportation infrastructure from residential areas can have a similar value per lot.
Environment Impact Of Urban Forests
Ecologically, a single urban tree can provide both cover and forage for a variety of bird, insect, and mammal species. In buffers and small clusters, urban forests provide cover and forage to a much wider variety of species. These same trees also sequester carbon dioxide, remove particulates and other air pollutants, provide water filtration through their root structures, and ameliorate flooding both by slowing the flow of water downstream and releasing water into the air through transportation. In addition trees can provide direct shade for buildings, reducing energy consumption for heating and cooling.
Societal Impact Of Urban Forests
Sociologically, urban forests have an increasingly well-documented calming effect. Tree-lined streets are safer, due primarily to the effect of slowing drivers. Urban forests also, by virtue of their shade and temperature amelioration, provide inviting opportunities for neighborhood use.
ESI’s Urban Forestry Planning and Management Services.