An inventory of trees in Willow Street-Frank Bramhall Park; the green initiative begins

Stakeholders for a Safe Green Village started taking note of the diseased and dead trees in Wilow Street-Frank Bramhall Park several months ago, even before the presentation on Thursday 28 June 2016.  Now, as of the start of August, we’re serious about taking an inventory of every tree in the park!

Currently, as of the first week, we’ve created a greenprint of the park, section by section, pointing out the trees by their varietals, location, and needs for mitigation.   At this time, most of the north side of the park is mapped and inventoried, excluding the amphitheatre and wooded creek area (opposite of the Willow Street-Britton Avenue pathway).

The initial assessment points out numerous diseased and dead trees, as well as several that are showing signs of dryness and browning.  The park has numerous red oaks that make up a significant share of those trees that are distressed or dead.   There are also several redwoods that could benefit from mitigation.

The inventory will help us create an overall assessment of the arboriculture in the park; the share and numeration of its varietals; the gravity of its mitigation; solutions and alternatives to the current condition and its trend; as well as the overall breadth and scope of the project.

Once an inventory is complete, we can start the mitigation process more effectively.  This includes a regular care program, as well as an initiative for replacement of those trees that are chronically diseased, and dead.

In the last meeting on 01 August 2016 (in the park), we discussed plans for the new concession stand, its footprint in the park, surrounding trees, etc.   We pointed out where one of the trees was recently removed and grounded down to wood chips, but without any explanation.

One of the everyday concerns is the management of the park’s topography, including the natural ground cover around many  of the old and distinguished trees.  Litter control is a primary issue for many people that live near the park, as well as those that visit and use the park regularly.  The waste often creates a toxic and invasive environment to the plant and wildlife, as much as it does to the people.  Broken irrigation systems and related grounds issues are also of concern.

See the attached clips from the June 28th presentation on the park.  This section of the slide presentation relates to the green initiative and arboriculture in Willow Street-Frank Bramhall Park.  A complete view of the presentation can be seen here.

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