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MANAGING FORESTRY ASSETS WITHIN CAPITAL PROJECTS. DPW Forestry Program Background. DPW Urban Forestry Program Overview. Purpose: Manage woody plant material within City rights-of-way and public land. Mission: Provide for the safe use of public rights-of-way and

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DPW Forestry

Program

Background


DPW Urban Forestry Program Overview

  • Purpose: Manage woody plant material within City rights-of-way

    • and public land

  • Mission: Provide for the safe use of public rights-of-way and

  • public land while protecting and enhancing the City’s

  • urban forest


DPW Urban Forestry Program Overview

  • Guiding Principle: No net loss of canopy on public land

IPL/CEG

KIB

  • 2013 DPW Funded Removals: DPW

  • Capital Projects and Maintenance: -4000

-1300

-50

  • 2013 DPW Funded Replacements:

  • Capital Projects and KIB Partnership: +2270

+3000

+1800

-1730

+1700

+1750

  • 2013 Total Net Change of Canopy: +1720


DPW Urban Forestry Program Overview

  • Program Structure:

  • Interactions with other entities: DPW Engineering

  • Forestry provides technical support for Capital Improvement

    • Projects (CIP’s)

  • Explain effects of grading, trenching, and other activities

  • Offer suggestions for tree preservation

  • Develop a mitigation plan

  • Supervise the implementation of the necessary mitigation

  • Assist in plant material evaluation for warranty enforcement


DPW Urban Forestry Program Overview

  • Program Structure:

  • Interactions with other entities: Code Enforcement

  • Work with DCE to coordinate response to concerns about trees

  • Assist in technical review of applications for Flora permits

  • Collaborate on interpreting and revising relevant ordinances

  • Assist in on-site enforcement of permits and ordinances


DPW Urban Forestry Program Overview

  • Program Structure:

  • Interactions with other entities: Dept of Metropolitan Dev

  • Work with DMD to establish existing forestry assets on a site

  • Review proposed forestry components of development projects

  • Provide a list of technical specs for inclusion in projects RFP’s

  • Work with DCE to inspect ROW plantings established during

    • DMD projects


DPW Urban Forestry Program Overview

  • Program Structure:

  • Interactions with other entities: Parks Planning/Land Stewardship

  • Evaluate trees that are potentially impacted by Parks CIP’s

  • Facilitate Parks Planning review of KIB projects in City parks

  • Work with Land Stewardship on invasive removal projects

  • Coordinate resources necessary for removal of brush piles

    • generated by invasive removal projects (DPW chipper trucks)



Phases of Forestry Input on Capital Projects

  • ASSET EVALUATION

  • DESIGN

  • BIDDING & CONTRACTOR SELECTION

  • SITE SET-UP/WALKTHROUGH

  • VEGETATION REMOVAL AND/OR PRUNING

  • TREE PLANTING

  • MAINTENANCE


Forestry Asset Evaluation

“WHAT IS THERE?”

  • Evaluate trees that are potentially impacted by the project

  • Size, species, condition, location

  • Document degree of conflict with proposed project

  • Determine which trees are to be preserved or merely pruned

  • Determine amount of mitigation necessary to offset removals


Project Design

“WHAT SHOULD WE DO?”

  • Make judgment calls on what to keep and what to remove

  • Resolve conflicts with planned construction

  • Create tree preservation/maintenance plan

  • Create tree removal plan

  • Create tree mitigation plan


Bidding and Contractor Selection

ASSEMBLE THE TEAM FOR IMPLEMENTATION!

  • Answer questions from bidders during public bid process

  • Evaluate submittals from contractors

  • Schedule pre-construction meetings once bid has been awarded


Site Set-Up and Walkthrough

APPROVALS & DOCUMENTATION

  • Before construction begins, confirm that contractor performing forestry operations has obtained the following:

  • Flora permit

  • ROW permit

  • Other permits as required by the task

  • Pruning and maintenance operations require a Certified Arborist on site as part of the contractor’s personnel team

  • Installing tree preservation measures and performing removal activities do not require a Certified Arborist to be on site


Site Set-Up and Walkthrough

WHAT IS THE GAMEPLAN?

  • Hold pre-construction meetings with contractors, RPRs and other project team members

  • Walk through plans, and on-site conditions prior to mobilization

  • Preservation measures should be installed, inspected, and accepted before any mobilization!

  • Removals should be marked clearly

  • Establish location for proper and safe staging of debris and logs


Site Set-Up and Walkthrough

ESTABLISH A SAFE WORK SITE!!!

  • After preservation measures have been accepted and mobilization begins, watch for the following:

  • Avoiding live power lines

  • Contractor using appropriate equipment and safety gear for the task

  • Safe staging of equipment prior to work beginning

  • Appropriate measures to exclude unauthorized personnel and provide for traffic control during operations


Vegetation Removal and/or Pruning

KEEP TRACK!

  • Contractor needs to keep track of removals and document size and quantity of removals

  • Tree City USA Requirements

  • Mitigation planning – NO NET LOSS!


Vegetation Removal and/or Pruning

BE CONSIDERATE

  • Extreme noise levels of forestry work mean that contractor should only be working during approved business hours as defined in the contract

  • ROW Permit may further define acceptable business hours


Vegetation Removal and/or Pruning

IN-PROGRESS ADJUSTMENTS

  • Call City Forester if additional clearing is necessary to accommodate minimum clearance of equipment, especially:

  • paving machines

  • grinding machines

  • curb placing equipment

  • DPW has on-call forestry contractors that can quickly mitigate issues of clearance on projects

  • root pruning

  • Call before works begins!


Vegetation Removal and/or Pruning

IN-PROGRESS ADJUSTMENTS

  • Call City Forester for the following issues:

  • trees damaged during construction

  • trees damaged from recent storm event

  • trees discovered in poor condition or dead

  • including public or private property


Tree Planting

PROPER HANDLING OF TREES: TLC

  • Handling and unloading of tree stock:

  • Do not drop, roll, or drag trees

  • Trees should be handled by root ball, not by trunk or branches


Tree Planting

PROPER HANDLING OF TREES: TLC

  • Maintenance prior to planting:

  • Keep rootball out of direct sunlight

  • Pile up mulch on rootball if staging overnight or multiple days

  • Must water and maintain with similar regimen to nursery if installation is not immediate

  • City Forester needs to inspect tree shipments and reserves right to reject plant material not meeting ANSI standards for nursery stock


Tree Planting

“Right Tree, Right Place, Right Way”

  • Proper planting techniques per specs:

  • Planting in correct season & conditions

  • Excavate hole 2x width of rootball

  • Do not over-excavate and attempt to re-compact earth, tree will settle and be planted too deep

  • Hand digging is preferred to mechanical means

  • Remove top 1/3 of rootball burlap and wire, completely remove plastic pots

  • Gently place rootball in pit, adjust to plumb

  • Remove as much of rest of burlap and wire as possible, do not destabilize root ball


Tree Planting

“Right Tree, Right Place, Right Way”

  • Proper planting techniques per specs:

  • Backfill in stages, eliminate air pockets

  • Create an earthen ring around outside of excavated area to help retain moisture during watering

  • Apply mulch over excavated area 2-3” in depth, avoid around trunk

  • Stake trees as necessary, high traffic areas likely need it as protection

  • Wire trunk guards might be necessary in riparian areas


Subsequent Maintenance

‘Keep them alive with 1” per week’

  • Follow up maintenance per specs:

  • Trees should be receiving equivalent of 1” of rain per week during growing season for duration of warranty

  • Keep mulch pulled back away from trunk

  • Trees take a minimum of two or three years to fully establish



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