Yvette Hewitt, Chair The Tree Committee meets at 7 pm the 2nd
Lisa Ballantyne Monday of each month at the Village Hall
Adam Woodburn, ISA Certified Arborist
Christina Fadden, Deputy Mayor - liason
Village of Liverpool Tree Ordinance - Click HERE for the Village Code
How do I report an issue with a Village-owned tree?
Complete the DPW Service Request form found HERE and return to the Village Clerk’s office.
The Village of Liverpool appointed a Tree Committee in January 2017 for the purpose of maintaining the health and maintenance of existing trees and the planting of new trees and shrubs on Village of Liverpool property.
The Tree Committee is also responsible for the annual Arbor Day celebration.
The committee also encourages residents’ tree stewardship.
Urban Forestry Management Plan
The purpose of this Urban Forestry Master Plan for the Village of Liverpool is meant to provide Goals and Objectives towards the purpose of providing for the health and maintenance of existing trees and for the planting of new trees on Village of Liverpool property and within the public right-of way, for the mutual benefit of its residents, and maintenance of a healthy community forest. The Main Goals of this Management Plan are to:
1. Plant trees sufficiently to increase urban tree canopy cover (UTC)
2. Enhance the environmental, social, and economic benefits citizens of Liverpool.
3. Identify management responsibilities for the Tree Committee and within the Village.
This Urban Forestry Management Plan is to be reviewed annually by the Committee, and updated as needed. This review and update should be done during the Tree Committees annual review its policies for its own governance such as setting agendas, keeping record of its meetings and providing for the public's participation.
Goal 1. Urban Forest Quality
By 2025, complete priority maintenance identified in the tree inventory, and develop and implement planting and maintenance standards to ensure Village of Liverpool’s urban forest is healthy, diverse, and function. Keep Inventory Up to Date, every 10 years re-inventory. Yearly we should review the up to date inventory and assess potential needs for removals and pruning.
83 trees (4.95%) were given a rating of “High Priority Prune” and 88 trees (5.25%) were given a rating of “Consult Needed.” Neither rating implies a “hazard” or “removal” designation. This inventory did not make hazard tree evaluations or recommendations for tree removals. These ratings do signify that in the case of High Priority Prune maintenance of the tree is strongly recommended, and in the case of Consult is needed the tree should be inspected by a certified arborist. Both tasks should be performed in a timely manner.
Finally, a street tree inventory is a snapshot in time, a useful tool in maintaining a healthy urban forest and planning for a sustainable one. Its usefulness depends greatly on keeping the information current. The Village should make a commitment to update the data collected in this inventory as trees are pruned, removed, or planted.
Goal 2. Urban Forest Quantity
Increase Village of Liverpool’s street tree stocking 20% over 2018 levels by 2028 with the intent of increasing species diversity and overall canopy cover in each management area each year by targeting areas of the Village with low canopy cover and high availability of planting space.
New plantings should primarily include species and genera other than Maples. As a general rule, no tree species should comprise more than 10% and no tree genera should comprise more than 20% of the overall street tree population. That way, if a species or genus becomes susceptible to an insect
or disease, a majority of the community’s trees might not be affected.
Inventory results suggest a possible shift in tree composition with an increasing percentage of low growing tree species being planted relative to tall growing tree species being planted and a prospective reduction in the long term provision of tree benefits. To maintain or increase the provision of benefits, increased numbers of tall growing tree species that de-emphasize Norway, Silver, and Sugar Maples, and Maples.
Plant Trees Regularly Year to Year. Plant Smaller Trees yearly too, under power lines.
Additional trees need to be planted to compensate for the future loss of older trees, whether due to mortality or planned removal.
Goal 3. Education and Outreach
Each year, increase the percentage of Village residents who accept street tree planting and care responsibilities through heightened outreach efforts such as workshops and public announcements that focus on high priority or targeted planting areas in the Village.
Tree City USA – The Village was awarded this designation in December 2019. We achieved this by meeting the four core standards of sound urban forestry management: maintaining a tree board, having a community tree ordinance, spending at least $2 per capita on urban forestry and celebrating Arbor Day.
Arbor Day - The Village tree committee celebrates Arbor Day with the planting of a tree. This celebration takes place in April on Arbor Day.