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    Emergency Storm Mitigation

    Summary

    Outline:

    1.       Inventory the urban forestry

    2.       Develop a budget for labor, equipment and resources.

    3.       Educate City Staff, decision makers and public on the budget and plan.

    4.       Implement plan urban forestry management plan.

    5.       Manage the Tree Risk Management (High, Medium, Low) which includes look at past foot prints of previous storm damage in the city.  Look for patterns of high winds and thunder storms.  Look at what trees are in the area and determine high risk trees to storm damage.

    6.       Remove the priority (hazard) trees based on the inventory first.

    7.       Prune the priority (hazard) prune trees second.

    8.       Proper tree selection (Right in Tree in the Right Place)

    9.       Proper tree pruning and maintenance for all trees especially newly planted trees.  Prune small trees (1 in. caliper to 12 in. caliper every 3-5 years), medium trees ( 12 in. caliper to 24 in. caliper) every 5-8 years and prune large trees (X < 24 in. caliper) every 10-15 years.

    10. Line Clearance Goal - 4 Year Cycle vs Hot Spot Pruning

    11.    Be part of urban forestry research on street trees.  Better trees and tree care equals less storm damage in the future.

    12.    Use i-Tree software and reports to better manage the urban forestry.

    13.    Follow up and evaluate plan.  Adapt, adjust and overcome and obstacles to move forward.

     

     

     

    Conference Proceedings Documents

    Presenters

    Municipal Arborist/Utility Forester (2004-Present) , City of Bowling Green, Ohio  

    This position is responsible for planning, organizing, and directing all activities related to the acquisition, planting, growing, maintenance, and removal of trees on City properties and rights of way. To provide support to the City’s Tree Commission and on-going management of the City’s urban trees as well as to assist other departments in related activities. Performs project coordination of new construction and infrastructure updates regarding landscape removal and replacement. Working primarily at the community level, provides technical guidance and supervises urban forestry activities.  Coordinates and directs the utility line clearance program for the Bowling Green Municipal Electric System.        

    Managed and administered vegetation management program. Oversaw contractor line clearance activities throughout the company service territory. Performed field audits of vegetation line clearance on utility rights-of-way to provide excellent customer service. Represented the company at professional meetings, conferences and symposiums on vegetation management. Developed and prepared line clearance contracts for distribution and transmission facilities for the Purchasing Department. Worked with volunteer Street Tree Commissions, Garden Clubs and Elementary Schools on Arbor Day Programs providing education on planting the right tree in the right place.

    Iowa State University, BS Forestry
    The University of Akron, BS Labor Economics

    Organizations:    

    International Society of Arboriculture (ISA), Certified Arborist (OH-5175A), Ohio Chapter ISA, Board of Directors, Ohio Tree Care Conference Chair (2011-Present), Utility Arborist Association (UAA), Research Committee, Ohio UAA Past President, Society of Municipal Arborists, Board of Directors Society of American Foresters (SAF), Ohio SAF.

    Research:

    We partnered with The Ohio State University Departments of Entomology (Insecticide Project - Completed in 2013) and Plant Pathology (Genetics Project) on Emerald Ash Borer Research from 2007 to Present.

    Our City worked with the US Forest Service and Davey Tree Expert Company on two i-Tree Street Projects. The first project in 2008 was based on all street trees including the public ash trees to determine the value of green infrastructure in the city. We began the second project in 2012 with the public ash trees removed and the impacts to the green infrastructure and street tree benefits.

    We developed a canopy cover project for 2014 and are partnering with the University of Toledo, Department of Geology and NW Ohio Penta Career School GIS using LiDAR.

    We partnered with the University of Toledo, Department of Engineering and the Toledo Area Metropolitan Council of Governments on a Green Stormwater Management Project to develop and disseminate guidelines including design modifications and species selection for successfully incorporating native trees into bioretention systems to begin in 2014.

    We are in discussion with the Bowling Green State University, Department of Biology for a forest insect research project in 2015.

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