Inventory of Holyoke Street Trees (2013)
This work was completed by members of the Westfield State University class GARP 0219 Land Use Planning and Natural Resource Management (Spring 2013) under the direction of Dr. Marijoan Bull, AICP.
As part of its commitment to livability and sustainability the City of Holyoke is
interested in greening the City. One part of this work is a focus on the trees in the
City, and more particularly, the trees the City controls – those within the street
right-of-way or in parks. During the fall of 2012, Andrew Smith, Conservation
Director, Jeff Burkott, Principal Planner, John Twohig, Tree Warden, and
Professor Marijoan Bull met to discuss how students could assist Holyoke in
assessing the conditions of the street trees in the City. The goal was to create a
data base on the City’s street trees for use in allocating maintenance resources and
planning for the future. In addition, the spring 2013 work was designed to pilot a
protocol for completing this work, with a focus on the downtown area.
In the spring of 2013, students in GARP 219 assisted the Holyoke Conservation Commission by inventorying the street trees in downtown. Students created a data base with species, size, location, and condition.