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What the AIB Judges Saw in Holliston - part 4

by Bobby Blair
October 24, 2018

 

(Several large catalpa trees loom large over Mudville homes. The trees were given to students at the Andrews School for good grades).

Urban Forestry (UF) Recommendations:

Our recommendation is for Holliston to become Tree City USA through the Arbor Day Foundation https://www.arborday.org/programs/treeCityUSA/index.cfm. Tree City is a nationwide organization that provides the framework necessary for communities to manage and expand their public trees. Their website states “it is a great opportunity to celebrate the importance of an urban tree canopy and improve care of these vital city trees. "Having the “Tree City” designation opens up door for financial gains to the community and raises the importance of trees in the conversationof what makes Holliston great. There are four requirements necessary to gain the “Tree City” designation. They are:

1. Have a tree board consisting of interested citizens. Someone must be legally responsible for the care of all trees on city or town owned property. By delegating tree care decisions to a professional forester, arborist, city department citizen-led tree board or some combination, city leaders determine who will perform necessary tree work. The public will also know who is accountable for decisions that impact community trees. Often, both professional staff and an advisory tree board are established, which is a good goal for most communities. Holliston is privileged to have a qualified and professional Certified Arborist available to assist them in their urban forestry efforts, and ample examples of committees and groups that attend to particular projects, yet there is no Tree Board. We recommend contacting Massachusetts Urban & Community Forestry office for assistance in this regard. 

2. Have a tree care ordinance. A basic public tree care ordinance forms the foundation of a city’s tree care program. It provides an opportunity to set good policy and back it with the force of law when necessary.

3. Have a city urban forestry program (to include such topics as: tree selection, maintenance, clean-up, inventory,) with an annual budget of at least $2 per capita. City trees provide many benefits—clean air, clean water, shade and beauty to name a few—but they also require an investment to remain healthy and sustainable. By providing support at or above the $2 per capita minimum, a community demonstrates its commitment to grow and tend these valuable public assets. Budgets and expenditures require planning and accountability, which are fundamental to the long-term health of the tree canopy and the Tree City USA program.

(A huge tulip tree, above right, graces downtown Holliston in front of 747 Washington Street).

4. Have an Arbor Day observance and proclamation. Holliston observes Arbor Day, but the judges did not hear about an annual Administrative Proclamation  We recommend you include this small addition at future Arbor Days.

Your evaluation sheet indicates Holliston has no heritage tree program. But you have a past history of planting catalpa trees during 1940’s to 1950’s in recognition of students with perfect school attendance.  We recommend searching records to find the names of these students and placing large stones painted with their names at the tree trunks.There are many other older trees at parks and public spaces that may also qualify as ‘heritage trees.'

Tree Spotters at the golf course have created what can be considered an arboretum. However, many of the labels are being encroached by the trees, bending them against the nails. We recommend cutting nails from behind the labels before they become too embedded and would ruin the labels. Paint large stones (perhaps those stones at the “Italian immigrant stone pile” would be usable) with the tree names and place them at bases of trees. Kill existing grass and properly mulch the areas to eliminate string trimming around labeled stones.

In addition, Rolf Briggs of Tree Specialists is providing training to other arborists in the area to improve their capabilities.This training history provides support to continue training on a larger scale. We recommend contacting the Massachusetts Urban & Community Forestry office (again, and frequently) and offering to host a regional tree climbing championship.

(A large beech stands on the property of the Holliston Historical Society).

We recommend Stoddard Park first as a very good location due to its size, variety of trees and open spaces between trees as would many park areas, because the trees that are selected for the competitions will receive some professional pruning. So there is benefit to be obtained for the trees, as well as having more people find out about professional tree care, and as tourists they will discover all of the attributes you have the offer in Holliston.

We have already expressed our appreciation of the beauty and historical stature of Central Burial Grounds, however we recommend the back and side periphery of trees are in dire need of crown cleaning at least, and probably some removals to eliminate the vision of deadwood in the background to improve the view.

The judges were given a samples of a very good town tree mulching guide. However, the Mobil Mart has a perfect example of what NOT to do -- a Mulch Volcano. We recommend that in order to prove WHY NOT to do that, ask Rolf Briggs to perform a trunk excavation to the depth needed to expose the trunk flare. Consider www.tlcfortrees.info (transplanting) for demonstration . And we recommend you ask Mark Ahronian to recapture the sidewalk from the seriously interfering burning bush that is close to this tree. Consider propagating the cuttings to make potted plants you can sell or auction at the next Community Celebration, in celebration of having the full sidewalk accessible again.

The judges also examined a very extensive Tree Selection binder with many excellent tree choices and descriptions. We recommend the next printing not have the individual tree information printed back to back. Instead, alternate what is printed back to back so that when the binder is open, the viewer sees two pages that show and discuss a single tree, still with photo and description (but not having to turn the sheet to read the description/photo). 

Many America in Bloom communities have used Boy and Girl Scout projects for tree inventories and tree mapping. We recommend that you consider expanding your scout projects into the field of urban forestry. As a starting point, we recommend seeking general information concerning values of trees to communities that might lead to future improvements or support requests for funding new tree plantings; check out http://treebenefits.com/calculator/, and http://depts.washington.edu/hhwb Typically, these are amazing numbers.

 

 

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Comments (2)

Good article. Excessive road salt use is deadly to some trees and shrubs. Are there more eco friendly substances available to treat our streets? Three straight years of Gypsy Moth infestation have not been kind to our Oaks, either.

- Donald Yokes | 10/27/18 8:42 AM

Just wanted to clarify on the judges Treespotters comment in the evaluation. The signs on the trees were brand new having been installed several days prior by myself & the golf course superintendent. The labels are not being "encroached by the trees".

- Deb Moore | 10/25/18 7:18 AM

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