Cooperative Purchasing Contract for Ash (Fall 2016)
The emerald ash borer (EAB) has challenged forestry programs in the St. Louis metro area to take notice and begin proactively managing their community's ash tree population. In response to the high demand for similar services, the Urban Forestry Consortium will be drafting two (2) cooperative purchasing contracts: one for ash tree removals (fall 2016/early 2017) and one for ash tree treatments (spring 2017).
With this Cooperative Contract, the Urban Forestry Consortium aims to:
1) Save our partners time on developing legalese
2) Ensure confidence among member that tree work will be effectively completed according to industry standards and specifications,
3) Reduce the cost of services for everyone involved by creating an economy of scale that drives down prices.
Tree Inventory Partnership (Fall 2015)
In fall 2015, five North County municipalities (Bel-Ridge, Pasadena Hills, Northwoods, Norwood Court, and Wellston) were awarded TRIM grants through the Missouri Department of Conservation. Each municipality received a public street tree inventory. Funding was allocated based on bids for each individual community’s estimated tree population.The Urban Forestry Consortium worked with non-profit partner Beyond Housing to combine the five inventories into one project proposal. By collaborating, the communities realized a combined savings of almost 50%. These savings supported the addition of a regional tree inventory management software and training workshop.
Trees, Cities, and the Law Workshop (Spring 2016)
The Urban Forestry Consortium partnered with the Missouri Community Forestry Council and the Missouri Department of Conservation to host a St. Louis Trees, Cities and the Law workshop in spring 2016. This day-long event addressed critical questions about municipal risk and liability concerning urban forestry issues. Professionals from across the state gathered to share experiences and concerns. Consortium members were given free scholarships to attend.
Grant Applications (Summer 2016)
Developing project descriptions and processing paperwork can be time-consuming and challenging when preparing for grant funding. In 2016, the Urban Forestry Consortium worked with three communities (Rock Hill, Twin Oaks, and Manchester) to apply for Missouri Department of Conservation grants for the 2017 budget cycle.