As we inch closer to seeing the Foster Streetscape Plan become, well, an actual plan, we’re also seeing the reality of budget constraints. The draft plan that will be presented to City Council also comes with a preliminary budget. The itemized list is arranged in order of priority; those at the top are expected to get full funding and implementation, those at the bottom are subject to getting axed.
What’s at the bottom of the list?
Trees and ornamental lighting.
With that in mind, a few neighborhood advocates are preemptively working to identify where the local canopy can use some filling in. And by conducting an official tree inventory through the City’s Urban Forestry program, we won’t have to rely on PBOT to secure the trees for Foster. (We’ll still cross our fingers PBOT can find a way to include trees in the streetscape plan, though.)
The Tree Inventory Project goes beyond Foster, though, and will dig deeper into the neighborhood. Volunteers will work on counting and identifying neighborhood trees, so as to get a grasp on the health of the local tree system. The goal, then, is to determine where gaps exist and connect the neighborhood to resources that will allow for the planting of more trees. That would include Foster, as well as the residential streets.
The project is dependent on neighborhood volunteers, who will work in collaboration with Urban Forestry and go out on specific work days to inventory the neighborhood. Training is provided, and volunteers will work in teams, each with a trained team-lead.
If you’re interested in participating, there will be a preliminary team meeting this Monday, April 28, at Bar Carlo. Anybody who’s interested is encouraged to attend. Meeting starts at 6:30.
In addition to the initial team meeting, there is a training program for anyone interested in working as a team lead. This is where you’ll learn the ins and outs of tree identification and how to help other volunteers in the effort. This training will be held on June 14 and 18, and requires advance sign-up (here).
The goal is to get at least 10 team leaders, 10 additional volunteers, and a couple arborists that live locally. More will gladly be welcomed. The actual inventory will take place later in the summer.