Training for a Town Tree Inventory

Submitted by Bedford’s Arbor Resource Committee (BARC)

A tree inventory team in Portland, OR - Image (c) www.portlandoregon.gov
A tree inventory team in Portland, OR – Image (c) www.portlandoregon.gov

Bedford has been hampered in planning for tree maintenance, removal and planting because it lacks a comprehensive inventory of public trees.  Inventories by tree professionals are very expensive and can cover only a small portion of the trees in town.  Many towns have gotten their citizens involved in creating inventories, and now Bedford is taking the first step in August.

We will receive training from the state Department of Conservation and Recreation on how to inventory, identify tree species and spot potential tree problems that should be referred to a professional.  The training will be on a Wednesday, August 21, starting indoors, then moving outside for field work, and lasting as much as 8 hours.  The people who participate in the training will be expected to train others in preparation for an inventory in late Spring 2014.

At this time, we have a full class for this training, but if you’d like to be included on the waiting list or join the spring session, please write Ruth Robinson (ruth.chatterton@verizon.net), Arbor Resource Committee (BARC).  Also, please let her know if you have access to a laptop and/or smartphone or other device with GPS functionality.


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