City taking count of its public trees

Jul 10, 2013

The city will be counting its public trees throughout July in order to achieve a Tree City USA status.

Workers wearing marked vests will soon be out on the streets identifying the species, evaluating the health of the trees, measuring their size and obtaining GPS coordinates for each tree counted. Their vests will say “City Tree Inventory” on the back.

These workers were selected by the state Department of Natural Resources to assist Mukilteo with the tree inventory, a first step toward qualifying for a Tree City USA status.

The data will be analyzed to identify where public trees are missing, where more could be planted, and how the city’s Public Works crews can provide better care for the trees.

The Planning Department will then make maps and start making a plan to improve Mukilteo’s “treescapes.” After a plan is set, staff will prioritize new plantings.

“Most replanting activities in Japanese and Big gulches will likely be undertaken by volunteers,” said Heather McCartney, director of planning and community development. “Residents’ support and assistance will be required.”

Tree City USA is an Arbor Day Foundation program that provides the framework for community forestry management for cities and towns across America.

Communities achieve Tree City USA status by meeting four core standards of sound urban forestry management: maintaining a tree board or department, having a community tree ordinance, spending at least $2 per capita on urban forestry and celebrating Arbor Day.

More than 3,400 communities have the Tree City USA status and serve as home to more than 135 million Americans.

For more information, contact Heather McCartney at 425-263-8040 or hmccartney@ci.mukilteo.wa.us.

-Edited by Beacon staff

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