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Maitland Tree Management Project - February 29, 2008





Maitland Begins Tree Management Project for More Effective Management of its Tree Resources.


Maitland, FL – February 29, 2008 – The City of Maitland, Florida, began a City-wide public Tree Management Project on February 11, 2008. The project was funded with an Urban and Community Forestry Grant provided by the United States Forestry Service. The City received $121,500 dollars from the State of Florida which they matched with $42,000 dollars to meet grant requirements. The grant funds will be used for a City-wide Street Tree Inventory, Tree Management Software, and the development of a Long-Term Tree Management Plan. The City will use the information from this project to more effectively manage its tree resources and provide a foundation for the scheduling of tree pruning and planting programs.


The City of Maitland is working with Davey Resource Group, a division of The Davey Tree Expert Company, to complete this project. All public trees located along approximately 57 street miles in the City of Maitland will be inventoried by Certified Arborists who are registered through the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA). Detailed information on the City’s street trees, including species, location, current health, and recommended maintenance actions, will be collected for each of the City’s estimated 5,000 trees. In addition, the study will determine the location of suitable planting sites for future tree plantings based on “Right Tree, Right Place” principles. A detailed Urban Forestry Management Plan will be developed based on the population and condition of the City’s existing urban forest. The management plan will allow the City to more effectively schedule maintenance and plan new tree planting as well as forecast funding that will be needed to maintain a healthy urban forest.


Brian Dierks, Urban Forester for the City of Maitland, plans to use the Tree Inventory and Management Plan to increase public safety and streamline tree management activities. Maitland customized their tree inventory project to meet the needs of the City. Mr. Dierks believes that this project will move the City of Maitland’s Tree Management Program from a reactive one to a proactive one; and it will demonstrate that strategic tree management can produce healthier and safer urban forests.


The Urban and Community Forestry Grant Program is designed to encourage communities to create and support long-term and sustainable urban and community forestry programs throughout Florida. For more information about the Florida Urban and Community Forestry Grant Program, visit


Contact: Brian Dierks, City of Maitland

Phone 407-539-6252

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