Northampton launches shade tree inventory

They will also identify 2,000 planting locations for new public shade trees

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – Northampton launches its first professional shade tree inventory on Thursday.

The City of Northampton received a $30,000 grant award from the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and recreation.

Northampton hired Davey Resource Group to conduct a first-time complete inventory of its public shade trees. This is a critical baseline for developing a comprehensive urban forestry plan.

Five Arborists will walk the city streets, parks, and cemeteries over the next two months gathering important data on each of the city’s approximate 11,000 public shade trees, such as location, species, size, and signs of disease or infestation.

They will also identify 2,000 planting locations for new public shade trees.

After collecting the data, Davey Resource Group will analyze results and release the raw data, a summary analysis, and a recommendation report to the City.