Urban Forestry Management Plan


The goal of the Urban Forestry Division is to develop a comprehensive management plan to maintain all the trees in the public right-of-way and City-owned property. This management plan will consist of tree planting, tree pruning, and tree removals. We will develop a master tree planting list & specification, tree pruning and removal specification, standard contracts for bidding work, new forms, and brochures on our new program. Our management plan will be determined by the Street Tree Inventory.  Our focus in 2014 will be on long-term preventive maintenance of the street trees, trees located in parks and Oak Grove Cemetery. The objective is to be on a five year cycle with the street trees in Ward 4 beginning in 2014.  Routine Large maintenance trees are defined as trees recommended for horticultural pruning to correct structural problems or growth patterns which would eventually obstruct traffic, pedestrians walking on sidewalks, interfere with utility lines, or buildings.  Trees in this category require a bucket truck access or manual climbing.  We plan to prune and dispose of the debris.

We plan to incorporate the use of internal and external workforce to complete the initial priority tree removals and priority pruning of tree branches. We expect use a two-man crew from the Public Works Department for smaller dead tree removals, small priority tree removal, stumping grinding, re-seeding, and tree planting. We plan to use a contracted tree crew to perform the large dead trees, large priority trees, and manual climbing of trees. Seasonal part-time employees will perform duties such as new tree planting watering, mulching of new trees and existing trees, small tree pruning, and other duties as assigned by the City Arborist. 

Free wood chips and wood are available at the Public Works Complex.  The Public Works Complex is located off North College Drive adjacent to the Wood County Recycling Building.  The woodchips are located at the end of drive off North College Drive.  The wood is located off Tarragon Drive (Off East Poe Road) in between the Public Works Complex and the Wood County Airport.   Contact the City Arborist for more information at 419-353-4101.


Electric Division Line Clearance Program 

Electric Division Line Clearance Program goal is to be on a four year cycle based on trimming all circuits in a substation to improve reliability of electrical service. The four year cycle is based on the following: customer load, critical customers, outage history, and integrity of the electric infrastructure. We plan to integrate the use of internal and external workforces to complete initial circuit and substation trimming. We expect to use a two-man crew from the Electric Division to work on smaller dead tree removals, small tree removal, stump grinding, re-seeding, and tree planting on the circuits. We plan to use a contracted tree to focus on large dead tree removals, large tree removal, and manual climbing of trees. We plan to develop a tree pruning and removal specification for line clearance, standard contracts for bidding work, new forms, and brochures on our line clearance program.



Emerald Ash Borer Management Plan

Emerald Ash Borer Quarantine areas exist in all 88 Ohio counties as of September 8, 2010.  No hardwood tree firewood can leave the quarantine areas.  Please refer to quarantine map.  The State of Ohio has suspended all funding in the quarantine counties.  Property owners are responsible for ash tree removal and replacement in the quarantine counties.  Emerald Ash Borer was positively identified on Bowling Green State University campus in July 2006.  Emerald Ash Borer will spread at a rate of 1/2 mile per year and spread throughout the City of Bowling Green in five years.  The City of Bowling Green must be prepared for the potential loss of all ash trees or selective removal ash throughout the City and on private property. Our goal is to work with the Federal and State Government Agencies to educate the public, coordinate the work, inventory the ash trees, and budget for restoration of the canopy over an 10 year period depending on the funds available. We plan to provide Adopt-A-Tree monies to help residents with trees on private property.  Please refer to the EAB Links & Contacts: Emerald Ash Borer Contacts & Links







Gypsy Moth Suppression Plan 

Our goal is to suppress the Gypsy Moth outbreak in City Park and Oak Grove Cemetery.  We plan to use a natural occurring bacteria called Baccillus thuringiensis (BT).  BT spray will only effect caterpillars and is harmless to other animals and people.  The larvae and egg masses will be scraped into buckets and disposed of properly if necessary.  Each oak tree will be aerated, mulched, and fertilized to improve the health of the trees. Entomophaga fungal spores were applied to the soils at Oak Grove in by Craig Everett, Wood County OSU Extension Horticulturist.  Gypsy Moths have moved off the City Park into the surrounding areas due to build up of the population.  The City Arborist and Public Works Director are reviewing all options available to suppress the Gypsy Moth populations to reasonable levels.  Please see the attached website for Gypsy Moth suppression.

Public Education and Community Service 

The new focus for the Bowling Green Tree Commission is public education and community service. We hold three educational seminars each year to provide urban forestry information to the residents in the community. We plan an annual Arbor Day Celebration which we hold at one of the local elementary schools. In 2018 the Tree Commission started a photo contest to raise resident awareness of the urban forest around them in Bowling Green.



Educational Seminar Series

Educational Seminar Presentations Website: PowerPoint Presentations


Saturday, September 21, 2019 from 9-11 am
Location: Simpson Garden Park Conference Room
Topic: Improving Soil Health for Landscape Plants
Tentative Future Dates: October 19, 2019 from 9-11 am