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Niagara County to hold public information meeting on Krull Park forestry management plan

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Mon, Jan 28th 2019 03:05 pm

Over the past year, the Niagara County Parks Department, under the direction of the infrastructure and facilities committee of the Niagara County Legislature, has commenced a forestry management program to maintain the long-term health and sustainability of the trees within county parks.

The county is working with Davey Resource Group Inc. to complete a geographic information systems-based tree inventory of Krull Park. DRG completed a parkwide inventory of nearly 2,500 trees and stumps within the park, noting condition and concerns for each location.

With the tree inventory now complete, the next steps of the forestry management plan will include removal of dead and dying trees, implementation of a reforestation plan, and a long-term maintenance plan. Implementation of the maintenance recommendations will improve public safety and help guide future management decisions.

The county said, “When properly maintained, trees return economic, environmental and social value to the community. These benefits greatly exceed the time and money invested in planting, pruning, protecting and removing trees.”

Earlier this month, DRG presented initial findings to Newfane Supervisor Tim Horanburg, along with stakeholders from within the Krull-Olcott community, and county representatives. The resultant action plan was said to be well received.

Following the meeting, Legislator John Syracuse, chairman of the infrastructure and facilities committee, said, "It is imperative we communicate the findings of the study and disseminate the county's action plan to a more complete audience, which will hopefully include many stakeholders and the community in general." 

 Syracuse scheduled a public information meeting for 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13, at the Olcott Firehall. He will present a status update of the project to the public. DRG and the Parks Department will be available to present the plan and take public input.

Niagara County intends to seek additional funding and expand the forestry management plan to all five county parks in the coming years.

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