Emerald Ash Borer Strategic Plan Committee

Updates

03/10/2020

The Bristol Selectboard is seeking individuals interested in volunteering to serve on the soon-to-be-formed Emerald Ash Borer Strategic Plan Committee. The emerald ash borer was confirmed in Bristol in June 2019.

The role of the committee will be to help update and broaden the 2014 street tree inventory to identify the location and condition of all ash trees on public properties, including along neighborhood streets, within public parks, and along roadways. The identified trees would be analyzed, prioritized, and recommendations developed for either the protection of key specimens or for their removal. This information would be presented in an Emerald Ash Borer Strategic Management Plan that would include a budget and timeline for treating, removing and/or replacing the identified trees. At least one public information meeting would be held to share the results, recommendations, and information about best management practices and to get citizens’ concerns and thoughts about the plan.

Experience in tree identification is not necessary. Orientation, training, iPads, and safety vests will be provided. The efforts will be funded, in part, through a grant from the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation Urban & Community Forestry Program and the U.S. Forest Service.

Please submit a letter or e-mail of interest to the Bristol Selectboard, 1 South Street, P.O. Box 249, Bristol, VT 05443 or by e-mail to townadmin@bristolvt.org. For more information, contact Town Administrator Valerie Capels at (802) 453-2410 or visit www.bristolvt.org.

The Town of Bristol is an equal opportunity provider and employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, religion, gender, or familial status.

Documents

Related documents can be found below in PDF format.

Scope and Schedule Overview

February – April 2020
Solicit volunteers to serve on a new EAB Strategic Plan Committee. Selectboard appointments in March or April. Organizational meeting of the Committee in April.

April – May 2020
Obtain iPads and safety vests from the VT Dept. of Forests, Parks, and Recreation on loan. Arrange for training on use of “Collector” for ArcGIS. Each person will have use of an iPad and safety vest to conduct the inventory(ies) as their schedules allow during the inventory phase.

May – August 2020
Tree Warden and volunteers inventory the Village streets, Town parks, and public roadsides to identify the ash trees that are in the public rights-of-way. This will be accomplished with personal vehicles, walking alongside public roads, and walking the park lands to identify the trees and assess their hazard level.

August – September 2020
The ACRPC will prepare maps with the locations of ash trees on Town properties and in the rights-of-ways. The trees will be labeled as high, mid, or low priority for removal or treatment based on the Tree Warden’s recommendations.

September – December 2020
The Committee, Tree Warden, and Town Administrator will meet to review the information and work together on development of the recommendations, strategies, and development of the strategic plan. The recommendations will be shared with the Selectboard for their feedback and input on the budget and timeline. A public information meeting will be held to share the results and get community feedback.

November – December 2020
The EAB Strategic Management Plan will be finalized that will prioritize the trees that need to be treated, removed, and/or replaced. This plan will include cost estimates and a timeline and will provide a basis for FY2021 general fund and capital budgeting.