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.
Tree canopy coverage ratio
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.
FY21 1st Quarter
The target was met this quarter with completing the tree inventory at Farmington Park. Data will be updated to the tree plotter software during 2nd quarter.
- Farmington Park- 1st quarter project, inventory complete.
- Dogwood Park - 2nd quarter project.
- Grove Park - 3rd quarter project.
- Johnson Road Park - 4th quarter project.
- Oaklawn Garden - Inventory complete.
- Farm Park - Inventory and data update complete.
- Germantown Station Park - Inventory complete.
- Poplar Estates Park- 80% tree inventory complete.
- Cameron Brown - This park will be re-inventoried once the proposed park improvements have been completed.
- Two trees at Cone Park were deemed unhealthy therefore removed. Inventory was updated to reflect the removal.
- Dogwood Park is scheduled to be completed early in the 3rd quarter.
- Dogwood Park Inventory complete.
- Poplar Estates Arboretum 90% complete.
- Johnson Road Park Inventory 90% complete.
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.
The City has moderate impact on this measure.
City’s invasive plant inventory
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.
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 new 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.
The City has a moderate impact on this measure.
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.
FY22 1st Quarter :
- General maintenance upkeep was performed at Oaklawn Gardens. The arboretum recertification for this site will take place in October 2022.
- Staff worked with the Poplar Estates Garden Club to prepare a celebration event for the recognition of the Poplar Estates Park Level I Arboretum. This event is scheduled to take place in October.
The City has high impact on this measure.