Friday, April 17, 2009

Casper UFORE study points city to creation of municipal tree farm for diversity and sustainability; Casper, WY; 4/8/09

City plans new tree farm Casper Journal - Casper,WY,USA
The idea of developing a tree farm first surfaced 11 years ago when Casper achieved status as an Arbor Day Foundation Tree City USA. During 2006, Casper was the first city in the country to use a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to have city staff conduct a UFORE (Urban Forest Effects) study.The resulting inventory of all the vegetation within a 10-foot radius of 251 randomly selected plots identified the number and density of public trees in Casper, their species and health and other pertinent information such as carbon footprint and potential threats from diseases such as Dutch Elm Disease.
The proposed tree farm would use the UFORE information to diversify and sustain the city's urban forest.
There are three big reasons for a tree farm: diversity and sustainability, scheduling and cost savings, Martinez said.

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