A POLICY RELATING TO TREE PLANTING INCENTIVES
CITY OF ST. REGIS PARK FOR FISCAL 2015-2016
The City of St. Regis Park has many mature trees and the continued planting and maintenance of trees is a public purpose that benefits the entire community. The City set up a Tree Board to create incentives to increase the amount of healthy and appropriate tree canopy in the City. The following is a program recommended by the Tree Board and approved by the City Council to encourage tree planting in the Park:
(1) The City has set aside a limited tree-planting budget, which can be used during the fiscal year that ends June 30th, 2016, for a program to provide incentives for City residents to plant new trees. The Tree Board, in consultation with the City Arborist, will use these budgeted funds to purchase and plant trees in the City of St. Regis Park.
(2) Residents may make application to the tree board, which will review the applications, and based on the city arborist’s review of the site, decide which applications will be funded. Application may be made by written request to the tree board (email is fine) listing name, address, phone number, and email address. Deadline for the Spring 2016 planting is March 31st, 2016.
(3) It is important to the health and long-term viability of the trees in the neighborhood that the appropriate species of tree be planted and that it be planted in the appropriate location so as to not conflict with roadways, sidewalks, utilities or homes. Therefore, as a condition of participation in this program, the City Arborist will work with the homeowner and make the final decision as to location for each tree. The arborist will recommend species for the homeowner to select from for planting.
(4) The City must have permission from the property owner to enter private property and plant the tree. Therefore, no tree will be planted until each recipient signs the Tree Maintenance Memorandum of Agreement, allowing the city access to the property. Further, once the tree is planted, the future maintenance is the responsibility of the property owner.
(5) The budget for the year ending June 30th, 2016 is limited. Therefore, the awards will be based on a lottery system, with the need of each site reviewed by the City Arborist, taking into consideration the number, type, size and health of existing area trees. The City Arborist shall then make a recommendation to the Tree Board to award those applications that provide the greatest beneficial impact to the overall tree canopy of the City of St. Regis Park.
[Residents who receive trees will sign the following Memorandum of Agreement]
Tree Maintenance Memorandum of Agreement
As a resident of St. Regis Park, I agree to give the City of St. Regis Park (and its agents) my permission to enter my premises for the purpose of planting trees and release them from liability for same and further agree that any and all future maintenance of any planted tree or trees is my responsibility. I agree to maintain my new tree(s) to the best of my ability using the guidelines provided by the city arborist.
I will ensure that my tree(s) receive a regular thorough soaking of the soil in the root zone, and that the soil is kept consistently moist (but not wet) until the tree is well established.
I will ensure that my tree(s) maintain a healthy 2-3 inch layer of mulch over the root zone and that the mulch is kept from touching the trunk.