February 11, 2020
Comprehensive Tree Inventory Underway
Starting Feb. 10, Brownsburg Parks will partner with Davey Resource Group, Inc. (DRG) to conduct a comprehensive inventory and assessment of nearly 5,000 trees on the Town of Brownsburg’s public streets, parks, public facilities, and trails. The project is part of on-going efforts by Brownsburg Parks to better manage trees, minimize the effects of future storm damage, and assure the community has a healthy, sustainable urban forest.
Certified arborists will use handheld computers loaded with information and aerial photographs from existing Geographic Information System data to mark the location and record specific details of each of the trees, including species, tree size and condition to identify any damaged or dead parts.
After the fieldwork is complete, the data will be uploaded into iTree, an inventory software system that enables dynamic data management. “The plan is to use this information to put together a strategy for the betterment of the Town’s urban forestry management program,” said Jonathan Blake, Assistant Director of Operations and Development for Brownsburg Parks.
Brownsburg Parks received a $15,000 grant from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Division of Forestry, Community and Urban Forestry to conduct this work. Brownsburg Parks is matching the grant amount for a total project of $30,000.
“Trees are vital in absorbing air pollution, reducing stormwater problems, and providing shade and energy conservation, just to mention a few of the important benefits they provide to our town,” said Blake.
“The Town of Brownsburg is proud to have been named a Tree City USA since 2015, and we are committed to continuing to maintain a healthy urban tree canopy to continue this tradition,” said Town Manager Jeff Eder.