Municipal Tree Care Management
Customized municipal planning
Rainbow Treecare partners with city foresters and planning departments, offering customized consulting services for street reconstruction, canopy cover, stormwater management and Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) plans.
As Emerald Ash Borer expands its footprint in Minnesota, the public will have questions on the cost of management, the environmental impact of treatments, and what your community’s plan is.
As a member of this community, Rainbow will partner with neighborhood groups, homeowner advocates, and community leaders to help manage EAB together.
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Inventory management is essential for budgeting
Rainbow Treecare offers inventory management for publicly owned trees, which includes counts and quantitative assessments of urban forest assets. Inventory management of green infrastructure can be layered into the cities gray infrastructure database to shape budget planning and decision making.
The value of this data is essential for understanding the impacts of an invasive pest, like the Emerald Ash Borer. Not only knowing the number of trees affected but knowing which neighborhoods will be affected most.
Invasive pest issues, such as Emerald Ash Borer, have highlighted the importance of a quality tree inventory in predicting budgets and prioritizing management plans.
The management of an invasive pest such as, EAB, can be managed differently from one tree and location to the next. Rainbow Treecare performs a quantitative assessment during collection of the tree inventory, including location, species, size, and conditional rating to effectively create a customized plan.
Emerald Ash Borer cost comparison
In the metro area up to 25% of the urban forest is made up of ash trees which are susceptible to Emerald Ash Borer. Over time, all ash trees are going to cost you money, but how you spend that money and what you get from it, is the question. Weighing out the benefits and costs associated aid in the decision making.
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“It’s critical that agencies and organizations that are charged with being stewards of our urban forests plan for the arrival of the Emerald Ash Borer in their communities. By proactively planning communities can significantly reduce both the environmental and economic impacts of EAB. The insights and expertise of the staff at Rainbow TreeCare were extremely valuable for us in Burnsville as we worked to pull together our EAB Management Plan.”
– Terry Schultz, Retired Director of Parks, Recreation & Natural Resources, City of Burnsville