Last week I shared information about the city’s plans to plant flowering trees in the median along SR 43 and I thought it was worth sharing even more information about Kent’s urban forestry work. And I use the term “urban forestry” to emphasize the point that as home to Davey Tree, Kent has a long and proud history of professional tree management (see photo at bottom of page), and that torch is carried today by people like Gerald Shanley in our City Public Service Department.
Here’s a snapshot of what they do in a given year to take care of Kent’s trees. (Being the good environmental stewards that we are, please note that the city plants 2 new trees for every tree it has to remove due to age or disease!)
Number of Trees Planted in 2006 = 102
Number of Trees Removed in 2006 = 44
Number of Trees Pruned = 1,179
Cost to Purchase Trees in 2006 = $9,250
Cost of Tree Maintenance and Pruning = $69,500
Cost of Tree Trimming along SR 59 = $19,000
(SR 59 maintained by contract with Davey Tree)
Citizen Tree Planting Contributions = $279
Municipal Labor Hours = 1,890
Municipal Labor Costs = $36,587
Total Kent Urban Forestry Costs in 2006 = $209,834
Davey Tree in action in the early 20th century. Shot taken in front of Masonic Temple on West Main Street.