Supporting a healthy tree inventory

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​Removal of Ash trees has begun in Elk Grove Village, IL to combat Emerald Ash Borer infestation.  An
inventory of Ash trees in The Village’s Geographic Information System
(GIS) has been instrumental in planning removal efforts and is now being
used to assist planting of new trees.  Mapping the new
tree plantings has made it possible to communicate watering and
observation duties to be sure staff is doing what they can to ensure the
survival of the new trees.  Tracking removal locations
where a replacement tree is desired in coming years will be much easier
to manage using the GIS as well since the history of tree removal
locations will always be available and the expectation that tree
removals will exceed plantings for some time due to the Ash Borer threat
and budgeting requirements.