Field work began this week on a digital inventory of all public trees in the rights of way and the five City golf courses. The inventory will provide an accurate digital record of public trees to include in the City's geographic information system (GIS) and asset management system. The inventory also will identify all public ash trees to further prepare for responding to the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB).
The EAB is an invasive insect that has destroyed tens of millions of ash trees around the nation. It has been confirmed in Omaha and Greenwood, just 16 miles from Lincoln. The Parks and Recreation Department previously inventoried about 30 percent of the City's nearly 98,000 street trees. The rest of the public tree inventory will be completed by ArborPro, an urban forest management company. The inventory is expected to be complete by the end of May.
Data gathered by ArborPro's teams of arborists include type and location of trees, trunk diameter, tree height and any existing maintenance, such as water bags and tree stakes. Work is beginning in southeast Lincoln, and the schedule for the golf courses will be arranged with the golf course maintenance coordinator.
For more information about the project, including current areas where arborists are working, contact David Ross, Parks and Recreation, at 402-441-8266. For more information about tree trimming or EAB, contact Parks and Recreation's Community Forestry Division at 402-441-7847.
For more information on Parks and Recreation, visit parks.lincoln.ne.gov.