2018 Program Summary
Oxford’s urban forest currently consists of roughly 3,394 maintained street, park, and public trees. This tally does not include the number of trees in wooded lots that Oxford is responsible for.
During 2018, a total of 108 trees were acquired and planted on City lands. Types of Street and park trees acquired and planted in the City during 2018 included:
- Allegheny Serviceberry
- American Yellowwood
- Amur Maackia
- Eastern Redbud
- Eastern White Pine
- ‘Green Vase’ Japanese Zelkova
- Golden Raintree
- Ivory Silk Japanese Lilac Tree
- London Plane Tree
- Maples – Hedge, Pacific Sunset; Red Sunset, and Sugar
- River Birch
- ‘Skyline’ Honey Locust
The total costs for planting in 2018 were approximately $35,400.
The City removed a total of 63 trees. Of these, 41 were street, park, and/or public trees, and 22 Ashes (due to the Emerald Ash Borer) from wooded lots at the Oxford Community Park (OCP) and along City streets, and their resulting stumps, removed 2 existing stumps and performed dead wood or broken branch pruning on 10 trees. The cost for these maintenance activities during 2018 totaled in excess of $42,900.
Emerald Ash Borer (EAB)
As part of Oxford’s on-going EAB Management Plan, and beyond the above-mentioned 22 dead or heavily decayed park Ash trees, some existing Ash trees were treated with a systemic herbicide to protect them from the EAB. Approximately 170 smaller diameter Ash trees planted between 2003-2008 located at the OCP, the Uptown Parks, and other city facilities were treated by a licensed applicator with a total of 42 pounds of the systemic pesticide “Safari” during the spring of 2018. The expense associated with 2018’s EAB treatments were approximately $5,600 ($4,900 for the Safari, and approximately $700 for three days of hourly wages). To learn more about the Tree Replacement Program visit https://www.cityofoxford.org/tree-replacement-program.
Tree City USA
Oxford met the requirements for the Arbor Day Foundation’s “Tree City USA” during 2018. This was Oxford’s 23rd consecutive year of qualifying for this designation. Oxford’s total allowed expenditures on its urban forest was over $128,000 in funding, labor wages, and a portion of expenses associated with the operation of the Class IV Compost Facility.
Urban Forestry City trees enhance and provide benefits to the environment physically, aesthetically, and economically. It is a long-term allocation of the General Fund.
- An urban forest helps to improve the urban environment through absorption and/or retention of air pollutants, reduction, and absorption of heat and noise, reduction of wind velocity and reduction of storm water run-off, erosion and the subsequent sedimentation of drainage channels and stream-bottom ecosystems.
- Trees aid in the reduction of stress that individuals may experience in an urban setting.
- Tree cover provides shading, shelter, protective pathways for movement and food sources for wildlife.
- Many of the factors listed also have economic effects as well. Reduction of energy costs through shading and heat absorption, the costs associated with erosional repair and flood damage, the potential increase in property values, and the value of the street trees themselves.
A 1996 tree inventory and management report of the City’s urban forest estimated that the appraised value for all public trees at that time was approximately $2,890,000.
Tree City USA
The City of Oxford has been recognized as a Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation since 1996. As a state, Ohio leads the nation for the number of communities named by the Foundation as a Tree City USA, with over 230 communities as Tree City USA designees.
To be considered by the Foundation, a community must satisfy four standards
- A tree board or department
- A community Tree Ordinance
- An Urban Forestry program with an annual budget of at least $2 per capita
- An Arbor Day Observance.
Additional Urban Forestry Information
If there are any questions regarding Oxford’s Urban Forestry program, contact Environmental Specialist David Treleaven.