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natural_resources_iconEcosystem integrity and habitat biodiversity exist on public lands.

The ecosystem integrity and habitat biodiversity objective is focused on sustaining natural systems, their functions and values. The City’s approach to restore and sustain health, productivity and biological diversity of ecosystems is based on science, collaboration and strong management practices. Strategic actions protect the City’s streamside buffers along adjacent rivers and lakes to promote ecosystem integrity. Sustaining the natural functions of wetlands for habitat biodiversity is accomplished through compliance with state statutes and local ordinances. A comprehensive urban forestry program and a commitment to use native plants restores habitat integrity.

No Information Tree canopy coverage ratio

Description

The preservation and protection of Germantown’s public urban forest is a commitment to managing trees as important green infrastructure assets. Performing tree inventories and measuring the tree canopy ratio annually is a management practice to determine gains and losses in the overall tree inventory on public lands.

 

Analysis

FY22 1st Quarter

- Estimates were obtained by a contractor to remove twenty- seven (27) Bradford Pear trees along Farmington Boulevard. Staff is working with Public Works to determine when the project will begin. 
- An estimate was provided by an outside contractor to remove seventeen (17) hazard trees along the Greenway. 
- Two dead Sassafras Trees were removed at the Farm Park.
- Two trees were pruned on Kimbrough Road for sight clearance.

FY22 2nd Quarter:
-  The tree inventory at Municipal Park was completed. The tree inventory at City Hall is underway and is 15% complete. 
-   Based on the tree inventory taken to date, below is the ratio of the tree canopy.

Crape Myrtle - 30.6%, Loblolly Pine - 25.1%, Eastern Red Cedar - 8.8%, Willow Oak - 7.7%, Sweetgum - 6.8%, Juniper - 6%, Holly - 4.9%, Not Specified - 4.0%, Winged Elm - 3.1%, and Red Maple - 3%

FY22 3rd Quarter: 
The tree canopy coverage ratio was updated in the Tree Plotter Analysis Plan for Wolf River/Farmington Boulevard and Kimbrough Road which includes: Crape Myrtle - 42.09%, Loblolly Pine - 20.8%, Willow Oak trees - 27.7%., other trees make up the remaining 2.7%

FY22 4th Quarter:
The tree canopy coverage ratio at Wolf River/Farmington Boulevard and Kimbrough Road remained the same from 3rd quarter which includes: Crape Myrtle - 42.09%, Loblolly Pine - 20.8%, Willow Oak trees - 27.7%., other trees make up the remaining 2.7%

FY23 1st Quarter:
A periodic inspection of the identified trees on the greenway arboretum was performed, observing for necessary pruning and signage. In addition, staff is propagating seedlings for future plantings at Oaklawn Park. 


 

Impact

The City has moderate impact on this measure.

No Information City’s invasive plant inventory

Description

Without management and removal, invasive plants negatively affect the ecological balance of the natural landscape. Many public parks, forests and open spaces in Shelby County and Germantown have been infested with invasive plants, especially Chinese privet. Invasive plants “crowd out” the regeneration and growth of trees and native plants. A systematic plan for removal and management of invasive plants is imperative to the long-term health of public lands.

 

Analysis

Large stands of invasive plant materials must be identified, inventoried and prioritized for removal in order to protect and sustain a healthy ecosystem. This effort will be coordinated by the Natural Resource manager. A reduction in invasive plants will be measured annually.

FY22 1st Quarter: - Sections along the Greenway were identified for removal of Chinese privet and tree of heaven. - Areas within Oaklawn and Morgan Woods were identified for tree of heaven management.

 FY22 2nd Quarter:  - 13 different invasive species were identified at Riverwoods Natural Area. The list can be found on the Riverwood Management Plan. No action on tree removal.

FY22 3rd Quarter: No action due to lack of foliage and improper identification.

FY22 4th Quarter: The invasive species list is up to date. The Glasgow PUD plant list was reviewed and 188 trees known to be invasive next to waterways were removed from the list and replaced with native species.

FY23 1st Quarter: Areas around the Youth Education Pond and Wolf River Nature Area were identified. Plants inventoried included chinese privet and japanese stilt grass.

 

Impact

The City has a moderate impact on this measure.

On Target Designated arboretum

Description

Oaklawn Gardens, the City’s newest public park, has been selected for an arboretum designation. The park site meets the National Arbor Day Foundation criteria. The arboretum will enhance the economic, environmental, and aesthetic value of ornamental and landscape trees and plants through long-term conservation of these resources, research, public education and garden exhibits.



 

Analysis

FY23 1st Quarter:
30 separate species of trees were identified at the Bobby Lanier Farm Park to be labeled as an additional Germantown Arboretum. 

 

Impact

The City has high impact on this measure.

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