The Town of Warwick Tree Commission announces that a representative of the Davey Resource Group will conduct a tree inventory of the Town’s six parks and twelve cul-de-sacs, starting the end of June. This inventory will provide a baseline of the number, location, health, and type of trees on public property and in the Town’s rights-of-way. This inventory will then be the basis for a community forest plan that will guide the Town, its tree commission and its volunteers in the management of the community forest over a seven year period. The inventory is expected to take about one month and a final tally of the trees will be presented to the Town board once the inventory is complete.
Trees are an important component of parks in the Town. They offer shade for people walking/hiking or even watching a sporting event. They create habitat for local wildlife, which is especially important in Cascade Park, which is adjacent to the Appalachian Trail. These wooded areas are an important component of the wildlife corridors that the Town encourages as part of its comprehensive plan. Developing an inventory, assessing tree health and developing a management plan will provide the Town with the information it needs to improve the quality and diversity of its forest resources.
Trees along the Town’s cul-de-sacs beautify the streetscape, increase property values and also serve as an environmental resource by filtering storm water, purifying the air and sequestering carbon, reducing the heat index, and serving as a windbreak. The Town needs an understanding of the location and types of trees and the health of those trees along its cul-de-sacs. A management plan that includes the Town’s street trees will allow the Town to budget for their care, as well as for future plantings.
Funding for the tree inventory and management plan came from a NYS Department of Environmental Conservation Urban Forestry Grant that the Town received in 2017.