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Ann Arbor Tree Conservancy

Virginia Park Area Street Tree Planting Project

UPDATE --  November 11, 2009 --  UPDATE

 

It's done !! We did it !  The weather was more than glorious, the volunteers and neighbors were fun and hardworking, and city staff were efficient and dedicated in getting the job done. Approximately 50 trees were planted in less than 4 hours ! This is a testament to the more than 55 neighborhood residents and volunteers that started working at 9AM on Saturday morning and didn't quit until the last tree was planted. Kudos to Lynn Borset of the Ann Arbor Tree Conservancy and Kerry Gray of the city forestry department for doing the lion's share of all the planning that made this project a grand success. A special thanks to all of the Slauson Middle School students that joined us and worked so hard. We've received several sets of photos taken that day and a selection of them can be viewed at: http://public.fotki.com/AnnArborTreeConservancy    ( We are still working on adding more photos, so keep checking back - - and send us any photos you might wish to share. You can email them to info@annarbortreeconservancy.org or sueperry@comcast.net.)

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Ann Arbor Tree Conservancy

Virginia Park Area Street Tree Planting Project

UPDATE --  November 5, 2009 --  UPDATE

This may be the last update before planting day, but we will post again if necessary. The weather promises to be wonderful ! Please read the previous updates below to make sure you have all pertinent information.  See you all Saturday !!!

PLANTING TEAMS:   Here is the team assignment list.  It groups our planting sites into areas, and assigns volunteers to teams for each area - - - to balance and spread out our human resources.  This is only a guide and we will adjust as needed on Saturday.  Please look for your name, and if you don't find it - - - please come anyway!  The more volunteers, the better !.

LIABILITY WAIVER FORM:   We just learned of this city requirement. Please read this over.Copies of
the form will be available to sign Saturday morning. Or to save time on Saturday, you could print it, fill it out, and bring it with you.

Liability Waiver Form

MULCH:  Two large piles will be deposited - - one pile at Virginia Park at the corner of Fair and Virginia, and one pile in the boulevard median of the 300 block of South Revena.

TREE TAGS:   Please leave the tag on the tree!  Kerry Gray from the city forestry department will remove the tag after the tree is planted and will record it in the city's tree inventory.

FILES / LINKS: Here's everything you need in one place:  ( all are pdf files)
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TEAM ASSIGNMENT LIST

HOW TO PLANT A BAREROOT TREE 

LIABILITY WAIVER FORM 

LIST OF ADRESSES AND TREE SPECIES FOR ALL PLANTING SITES

STREET MAP SHOWING ALL TREE PLANTING SITES   

TREE STAKE INSTRUCTIONS  

 

          

Ann Arbor Tree Conservancy

Virginia Park Area Street Tree Planting Project

UPDATE --  November 3, 2009 --  UPDATE

 

Planting day is now confirmed for this coming Saturday, November 7th, 2009.   Here are the details:

9:00 AM:   Meet and sign in at the corner of South Revena and Charlton.

9:15 AM:   Tree planting demonstration by city forestry staff. In the boulevard median near 402 South Revena.

9:30 AM:   Trees, hydrogel, written planting instructions (  HOW TO PLANT A BAREROOT TREE  ), and trunk guards will be distributed in front of 405 South Revena. Volunteers will cart trees to the planting sites. Please bring a wagon or wheelbarrow if you can. Watering bags for the trees will be provided by the city next spring.

9:30 AM to 1:30 PM:     Planting time!  City forestry staff will be available to advise and assist.

PLANTING TEAMS:   Here is the team assignment list.  It groups our planting sites into areas, and assigns teams for each area - - - to balance and spread out our human resources.  This is only a guide and we will adjust as needed on Saturday.  Please look for your name, and if you don't find it - - - please come anyway!  The more volunteers, the better !

MULCH will be supplied by the city. Two large piles will be deposited - - one at Virginia Park and one in the boulevard median of the 300 block of South Revena. Your wheelbarrows and wagons will be needed to get the mulch to the planting sites.

TOOLS/EQUIPMENT: You will need shovels, rakes, hoes, wheelbarrows, wagons, as well as hoses or buckets to water trees after planting.  If you need a tool, please let us know.  We will probably be sharing tools, so please label yours with your name and address. Wear work gloves to avoid blisters and cold fingers.  A bottle of water or other beverage, and a snack might help too!

PLANTING SITES:    LIST: SHOWING ADDRESSES AND TREE SPECIES FOR ALL PLANTING SITES   (pdf file)

                                      STREET MAP: SHOWING ALL TREE PLANTING SITES    (pdf file)

TREE STAKE INSTRUCTIONS: CLICK HERE   Kerry Gray from the city forestry department will check our staked sites and verify their suitability in relation to marked utilities, hydrants, stop signs, etc.  She will spray paint the ground where the stakes are in case the stakes " wander off ".

OTHER:   Forestry staff will pre-till the planting sites. REMEMBER : No parking in front of sites Wednesday thru Friday !
Please do NOT dig the planting hole before Saturday !  This would cause a potential trip or fall hazard !!

CONTACT INFO:   Lynn Borset, AATC Project Coordinator

                                  Phone: (734) 668-6379

                                  Email: lmborset@umich.edu    OR

                                  Email: info@annarbortreeconservancy.org

 

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Ann Arbor Tree Conservancy

Virginia Park Area Street Tree Planting Project

UPDATE --  October 29,2009  --  UPDATE

                                              

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We now have more than 50 neighborhood volunteers signed up for the tree planting project, and a final list of 52 trees to be planted !! More information to come soon, but here is updated and additional information:

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MISS DIG has or will be placing flags and paint marks at all planting sites to identify utility line locations. Once this is done, stakes need to be placed in the specific tree planting location on each lawn extension. The city has provided stakes and the next update here will give instructions on their distribution and how to use them

TOOLS: In addition to shovels, rakes, and hoes, we need wheelbarrows or wagons to haul mulch to newly planted trees. Label your tools with your name and address. A return address label or two covered with scotch tape should work well.

DATES: We hope to plant November 7th, with a rain date of November 14th. More info to follow soon.

TREE PLANTING SPECIFICS: A "digging demonstration" by city forestry staff will kick off the planting day, and teams of volunteers will be organized by area (planters, mulchers, waterers).

CONTACT INFO:   Lynn Borset, AATC Project Coordinator

                                  Phone: (734) 668-6379

                                  Email: lmborset@umich.edu    OR

                                  Email: info@annarbortreeconservancy.org

                                                     

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Ann Arbor Tree Conservancy

Virginia Park Area Street Tree Planting Project

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In cooperation with the City of Ann Arbor Forestry Department, the Ann Arbor Tree Conservancy is organizing its first tree planting project which will focus on streets in the Virginia Park area, and includes those homes within the boundary created by Jackson, Crest, Liberty, and Glendale streets. Boundaries are subject to change depending upon the number of volunteers that sign up. Further information and updates will be posted here.   

 

WHAT: An opportunity to plant new street trees in our neighborhood !! The city will provide at no cost a minimum of 50 trees as well as stump removal,  prep work at the planting sites, and other assistance - - if we can gather enough volunteers to plant, mulch, and water them.

 

WHEN:  Planting dates: Saturday, November 7th and/or Saturday, November 14th, 2009 (depending upon weather, available volunteers, and number of trees to be planted).

 

HOW:  Residents within the above boundaries may select (a) the tree planting sites, (b) the species of tree to be planted at each site, and (c) choice of planting date in November. (See reverse or info/link below for list of tree species available.)

 

CAN YOU HELP?

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  • Remove dirt from prepped sites?             Identify planting sites?
  • Refill dirt around trees?                          Coordinate volunteers on your block?
  • Mulch tree after planting?                       Provide shovels, rakes, or other tools?
  • Water new trees?                                  Your suggestions for other help?

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If you can help, or want to request a tree planting on your lawn extension, or want to be included in a future email list for Virginia Park area residents and concerns, please send us your name, street address, and email address no later than October 1, 2009.  Please tell us which tasks or dates listed above that you can help with, and indicate your first three choices/preferences of tree species for your site.(We will try and fulfill your first choice, but need alternate choices in case we run short on certain trees).Send your information to info@annarbortreeconservancy.org.

 

Tree Species and Planting Site Requirements

 

Prior to AATC meetings with the City of Ann Arbor, the city website listed tree species for 6-foot wide or larger lawn extensions only. We are pleased that the city will now allow planting of large species trees (mature height of 40 feet or more) in extensions 4 to 6 feet in width if no overhead utility lines are present. See list of trees, below, available for the November 2009 Virginia Park project. You can find further information about specific trees on that list (suitability for wet locations, under utiilty lines, drought conditions, etc.) by checking the full list of city-approved street trees, below. Also, see the link below for detailed fact sheets on the Virginia Park project large tree species.

 

You may also purchase and plant a tree directly through the city, (but not in conjunction with the 2009 Virginia Park project)  as described at the city’s “Replant Tree Town” web page. Possible tax benefits may apply. Visit that site at http://www.a2gov.org/trees

(see Resident-Sponsored Street Tree Planting Program ) for more information.

                     Trees available for November 2009 Virginia Park project

                     Full list of city-approved street trees

                     U.S. Forest Service fact sheets / Large Trees / Virginia Park project

 

 

                                                                      

                                       

 

   

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Last updated: 11/03/2009.