All About Trees
Who doesn’t love a shady tree-lined street, especially in the heat of the summer? We are fortunate to have some 6,000 street trees in the City of Lancaster which help save energy by reducing cooling costs, release oxygen and absorb carbon dioxide to freshen the air we breath and increase property values. Trees also connect us to nature. More trees in neighborhoods have been correlated to reduced crime and increased neighborhood pride.
According to the Urban Tree Canopy Assessment released in February 2011, Lancaster City has an estimated tree canopy of 28 percent. The goal is to increase the tree canopy to 40 percent. To achieve this goal, we need to plant a lot more trees.
First, we need to fill in all of the existing empty street tree wells. There are about 1,200 of these throughout the city. Want to learn more about street trees? Click here.
During the summer of 2011 a comprehensive Tree Inventory was completed of all street trees in the City of Lancaster. We currently have 5,483 trees and 77 different varieties identified.
In the fall of 2014 the City of Lancaster updated it Tree Ordinance, Street Tree Planting List, and created a Tree Manual with the intent of reducing tree canopy loss and implementing urban forest management improvements through requirements for the planting and transplanting of trees, the care and maintenance of existing trees, tree protection, and the preservation of trees.
Next, the City of Lancaster, LIVE Green and the Pennsylvania Department of Natural Resources are working on analyzing data collected during 2011 to determine where trees can be planted so that we can begin some targeted neighborhood outreach. We’ll be able to show property owners exactly where they can plant a tree based on the existing tree canopy, WHAT ELSE?? Stay tuned.