Trees owned by the Village of Hamburg have been surveyed, counted, cataloged and computerized – all 3,300 of them.
Now, the village wants to come up with a tree-management plan to make sure the canopy cover continues. Trustee Mark Colmerauer told Village Board members Monday evening the plan is to pursue a grant to pay for the development of the plan. The village paid $9,250 for the tree survey.
He said the consultant who did the survey, Richard Stedman of Iris Hill Consulting, counted all the trees on the village’s right of ways. He also kept track of notable trees on private property. He took inventory of the species, size, age and condition of the trees.
“Stedman also kept track of where trees could be planted, and came up with 750 locations.
“Even though we thought we did a good job of reforestation, there is room for about 1,000 more trees,” Colmerauer said.
Stedman discovered 27 percent of village trees are Norway maples. Experts recommend that no more than 10 percent of a particular species be planted in a community, because if insects or disease infect the trees, the village would lose one-quarter of its tree cover.
The survey also notes where sidewalks are being impacted by tree roots, and Stedman will suggest the types of trees that could be planted in various locations.
“My end game is preserving the majestic,” Trustee Laura Hackathorn said. “I don’t know one tree from another.”
Some spots could be ideal for majestic trees, while others would be ideal for slower growing types, Colmerauer said.
Stedman also recommended a computer program that would sort the types of trees that are not surviving, as well as provide information for residents on how much the tree cover might be saving them in cooling costs for their homes.
Colmerauer also said a Public Works employee has been entrusted the job of keeping the “snapshot” of trees up to date in the future.
“The next phase is management: what and how you want to maintain the tree cap,” Colmerauer said.