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Posted on: November 12, 2018

Millcreek Township Completes a Tree Inventory in Community Parks

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Millcreek Township, PA- Millcreek Township recently evaluated the status of the Township’s tree canopy by proactively conducting a tree inventory of its main parks. A tree inventory was completed in Millcreek Township with the assistance of local DCNR Service Forester, Tim Ackerman, and students from the PA Outdoor Corp. The 12-member crew from the PA Outdoor Corp (part of the Student Conservation Association) led by Bureau of Forestry personnel, collected data about the trees in the Township’s maintained park areas including: Tree Species, Diameter, General Condition, and the GPS location. The location of the trees inventoried as well as information about the trees is available to the public via the PA Tree Mapper web app at www.opentreemap.org/patreemap. There were 1,209 individual trees counted across 13 Township parks. A wide variety of tree species were inventoried, totaling about 70 different species. The top three genera were Maple, Ash, and Oak. Early results determined that 20% of the maintained park trees inventoried are Ash trees. With the known threat of Emerald Ash Borer in Erie County, the Township is now looking to take steps to systematically mitigate the risk of unstable and dying Ash trees within its parks, and urges residents to evaluate any Ash trees on their property to mitigate the risk that such trees pose to them and their property as well as to their neighbors, utility lines, etc. The Township’s risk mitigation process will include tree removal where necessary as public safety of those using the parks is a top priority of the Township. In areas where a hazard tree removal is required, the Township is committed to replanting a variety of native species over the next few years.

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