In 2013, the City of Patterson received a grant award from the Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) to conduct a city-wide tree inventory. The purpose of this grant program is to fund the creation and implementation of early state urban forestry projects or programs. Early stage projects and programs are characterized by historical absence of an Urban Forestry, Community Forestry, or Urban Greening Program. A tree inventory is the first step to achieving these type of programs.
After an impressive demonstration, Davey's Resource Group was the contractor chosen to conduct the inventory. The City of Patterson has approximately 12,500 which were all inventoried and surveyed for a wide-range of attributes. These attributes included: mapping coordinates, location, specie, condition, and age. We will be able to use this data for future tree replacement projects and budgeting purposes. The inventory began October 1 and was recently completed.
It is also our hope that the data collected from the tree inventory will be used to promote the management of the City's urban forest resources, its reforestation, and update to the City's tree ordinance and protection measures. This will bring the associated environmental, aesthetic, and economic benefits of a properly managed urban forest to the City.
This grant award was made possible by Proposition 84: The Safe Drinking Water, Water Quality and Supply, Flood Control, River and Coastal Protection Bond Act of 2006 and the City of Patterson.
For more information about Cal Fire grant opportunities and programs, please visit their website at www.calfire.ca.gov.