We are currently writing a Tree Preservation and Landscape Ordinance and staff has agreed on its content except for the tree tagging requirement that is part of the required tree survey that developers submit prior to grading of the site. There are two items that I would like to bring up.
1. What do you require (if anything) for the tagging of trees [i.e., method of tagging the tree (i.e., ribbon, nails with a large head to etch a number on, galvanized nails with a "dog-like" tag attached, galvanized nail attached with wire, which has a tag attached to the wire), information associated with the tag (i.e., condition of tree, kind of tree, age of tree)].
2. Secondly, as land planners, and after the development has been completed, do you see a long-term benefit to having the trees permanently tagged?
My main concern when it comes to tree preservation is what visual impact does the tree have on its surrounds? When I do a site inspection, I am not going to want to inspect the trees tags. I am going to want to view the trees from a distance that are marked either for preservation or removal. The best way that I think this can be achieved is by tying a ribbon (preferrably fluorescent) around the tree. The response I got was, "What if the contractors get that mixed up with a tree that is to be cut down/removed?" My response is that if a tree is APPROVED to be cut down/removed that the tree should be spray-painted with a red "X", perhaps with an "X" on either side of its trunk.
Any thoughts from people who have thoughts/opinions they'd like to share would be greatly appreciated!