RFI: urban habitat tree assessment

Subject: RFI: urban habitat tree assessment
From: Ian Fraser <>
Date: Fri, 13 Nov 1998 11:39:15 +1100 (EST)
I have been asked by the local Urban Parks management to look into
developing criteria to balance habitat values of urban trees (particularly
in regard to hollows) against perceived hazards. (Shades of Julatten?!)

I have some ideas, but if anyone knows of similar studies done elsewhere I'd
be grateful. These are the project objectives:

"The objectives of the project are to:
- develop criteria for determining whether a dead tree in parkland can be
retained for wildlife habitat values in conjunction with removing any
potential public hazard factors the tree may offer. These criteria will be
used as specifications in a contract for managing urban parkland trees.

- determine appropriate arboricultural methods in consultation with CUPP for
managing suitable live tree species to create breeding hollows for faunal
species. The described methods will be used as specifications in a contract
for managing urban parkland trees."

(Hopefully I can write a report that's a touch clearer to read!!)



Ian Fraser, Canberra  
Environment Tours; Vertego Environmental Writing Consultancy
GPO Box 3268, Canberra, ACT 2601
ph: 02 62491560 fax: 02 62473227

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