HMEG's 2010 Residential Ash Tree Inventory has long been completed, but we want to share the final reporting on the project. Over 25 neighbor volunteers (including a 4-year old, 6-year old, and 2 dogs) counted trees on residential properties and identified how many of those are ash. There are over 6,700 trees and approximately 680 ash trees making our residential ash population about 10% as compared to the public (boulevard, park) ash population of 17%. Also collected were how many properties had space for tree plantings and these addresses were given first chance at HMEG shade tree distributions. No other neighborhood in St. Paul has conducted this kind of survey and it could not have happened without the efforts of neighbors Tanner Larsen (as part of an internship) and Barb Spears. Thanks to all volunteers!
To see a full write-up of the project, see an e-copy of the Shade Tree Advocate Winter 2011 issue: http://issuu.com/mnstac/docs/shade_tree_winter_2011.