Tree Replacement Program

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Goal:

Identify significantly aged trees that have a conflict with overhead utility lines and underground infrastructure.

Information:

The 12-year plan divides the Borough into sectors so that the removal process does not denude one area over another.

By the Numbers:

  • Total of 1,109 oak and sycamore trees slated for removal in the Borough
  • Goal of 92 trees removed each year
  • Approximate cost per tree = $1,300
  • Approximate annual cost for tree removal and stump grinding = $121,000
    1. Prioritize removal of dead, diseased or trees in poor condition

Remove, Restore, Replant:

Removal 

Reasons for Removal:

  • Tree is Diseased or Dying
  • Conflicts with overhead electrical
  • Tree is over 70 years of age.

Selections of the trees were made in collaboration with the Tree Advisory Commission

Removal Process:

  • Removal of tree
  • Disposal of tree
  • Stump grinding
  • Site cleanup

Restoration

  • A period of at least 18 – 24 months is needed for ground to heal/prepare for replantation after stump grinding has occurred
  • This timing is for nutrients to return to the ground to support the planting of the new tree.

Replantation

  • Planting a tree species that is well suited to the location’s growing conditions.  
  • Those who receive a new tree on their property will be given a list of ways to properly maintain the young tree like the ones in the image below.
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