Learn at Lunch: How much information do we need?

Sacramento Tree Foundation Office


A community forest cannot be effectively managed unless its condition is known. An inventory of trees and planting spaces is a prerequisite in planning for and making sound management decisions including budget strategies and priorities. An inventory can provide the locations of trees that require pruning or removal to reduce risk, the number of trees located within the public right-of-way, the value of ecosystem services trees provide, and the number of available planting sites. In addition, an inventory can help to identify insect or disease problems or young trees that require irrigation, pruning, and other maintenance.

With this information, tree managers can annually plan, prioritize, and budget tree removals, maintenance work, and plantings. They can also determine the value of their community's trees for increasing property values and stormwater management which helps emphasize a tree program's importance to community leaders. Over the years, changes in a community forest can be seen in the number, age, and species of trees. A well-maintained inventory can be used in cases of liability to demonstrate there was no negligence in the inspection or care of public trees. An inventory will also improve the chances of receiving grants and other assistance by documenting the condition of and care for the community forest.

About the Speaker 

Jim Kozak is the TreeKeeper Product Manager for the Davey Resource Group. Jim is an urban forestry GIS/IT expert knowledgeable in all types of field equipment, hardware and software used in the collection, processing, and delivery of urban forestry data. 

About CaUFC

Sacramento Regional Chapter

The California Urban Forests Council, Sacramento Regional Chapter connects students, arborist, urban foresters, scientist and people who are passionate about trees and the urban forest.

About CaUFC “Learn at Lunch”

The Sacramento Regional Chapter presents a “Learn at Lunch” event every two months. The educational presentations address topics ranging from tree care to planning and understanding the management of the regional urban forest. Arborist participation qualifies for 1.5 ISA CEU’s. Learn at lunch is a welcoming forum and not limited to just professionals. Everyone who cares about trees is invited. Sessions are free. Lunch is not provided; please bring your own.