Best Management Practices for Tree Preservation and Removal for New Developments
Trees improve a community’s quality of life by providing environmental and aesthetic benefits such as shade, erosion control, storm water management, cooling air temperatures, higher property values, and wildlife habitats. Throughout communities, wooded areas are commonly preferred sites for residential development due to the aesthetic and environmental value of the trees, which can raise property values by as much as 20 percent. Trees are part of a community’s infrastructure and are a valuable asset. Unlike other assets, however, trees are living entities and have basic biological requirements for survival and growth. As such, this unique asset must be actively managed and protected to maintain its health, function, safety, and aesthetic value. Man-made landscapes and our everyday lives keep us in close proximity with trees, recognizing their value as a community resource. Keeping trees in mind during construction and land preparation activities, will allow for maintaining a healthy and aesthetically pleasing community while continuing to provide economical and environmental benefits for its residents.
Fort Smith Tree Conservation Partners recognizes this and is available to assist you in your tree preservation efforts by providing you with this publication. This publication is designed to serve as a guide to residential and commercial builders. Our volunteers are also available to meet with you on your site and provide recommendations to ensure your efforts are successful.