Beginning next week, the city of Perry will begin conducting a comprehensive inventory and assessment of city-owned trees on public streets and parks.
A team of arborists from Davey Resource Group Inc., all certified by the International Society of Arboriculture, has contracted to conduct the survey for the city. Fieldwork will begin Tuesday, Feb. 1 and is expected to take about three weeks to complete.
The project is part of on-going efforts within the city to manage trees, minimize the effects of future storm damage and assure that Perry has a healthy, sustainable urban forest.
The arborists will be working to inspect and map all the public trees. They will assess the condition and stability of each tree, looking for any damaged or dead material to be removed, evaluating any signs of decay or disease and identifying any pruning or removal needs.
In order to help the city identify places along streets that are appropriate for future tree plantings, the arborists will also record the location of available planting sites. They will use handheld computers to collect the location and record specific details about each tree.
All arborists conducting the inventory work will be identifiable with hardhats and safety vests bearing the Davey Resource Group Inc. name.
For more information, call the Perry City Hall at 515-465-2481.