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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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Managing forestry assets within capital projects

MANAGING FORESTRY ASSETS WITHIN CAPITAL PROJECTS


Managing forestry assets within capital projects

DPW Forestry

Program

Background


Managing forestry assets within capital projects

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


Managing forestry assets within capital projects

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


Managing forestry assets within capital projects

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


Managing forestry assets within capital projects

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


Managing forestry assets within capital projects

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


Managing forestry assets within capital 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)


Managing forestry assets within capital projects

Forestry Asset Management on Capital Projects


Managing forestry assets within capital projects

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


Managing forestry assets within capital projects

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


Managing forestry assets within capital projects

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


Managing forestry assets within capital projects

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


Managing forestry assets within capital projects

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


Managing forestry assets within capital projects

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


Managing forestry assets within capital projects

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


Managing forestry assets within capital projects

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!


Managing forestry assets within capital projects

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


Managing forestry assets within capital projects

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!


Managing forestry assets within capital projects

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


Managing forestry assets within capital projects

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


Managing forestry assets within capital projects

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


Managing forestry assets within capital projects

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


Managing forestry assets within capital projects

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


Managing forestry assets within capital projects

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


Managing forestry assets within capital projects

Thank you!


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