Everyone benefits from the silent work that trees perform around the clock:
Improved water quality
Habitat for wildlife
History has not been kind to Fridley’s community forest. With Dutch elm disease, tornados, and straight-line winds taking out trees, Fridley’s canopy cover has suffered major blows in the past 50+ years. Fewer trees are filling our sky, lining our streets, and shading our buildings. Emerging pest threats will mean even greater losses in canopy cover, which is why Fridley is taking proactive steps in order to grow our canopy cover and cultivate a diverse community forest that can stand up to future maladies.
What is a Community Forest?
Whether it’s a tree in a park or a tree in your backyard, all of the trees in Fridley make up the community forest. Public trees include those in boulevards, right-of-ways, parks, and other municipal property that are cared for by the city. Private trees are those that are on privately-owned land and are cared for by the property owner. Together, these trees form our community forest.
How Do We Grow a Healthier Community Forest?
Increasing tree species diversity improves our forest's long term health and resiliency. Insects and diseases can wipe out entire populations of overused trees and create major canopy losses. In the past, select trees were favored for not producing messy fruits and seeds or other debris. Unfortunately, there are only a few types of these "clean" trees leading to the lack of diversity in our community forest. Increasing species diversity will mean planting trees that produce acorns, seed pods, fruits and other material. These minor annoyances are a small price to pay considering the many benefits of tree diversity in securing the long-term health of our community forest. Think about planting a less traditional tree in your yard to improve our forest's resiliency.
2016 Fridley Urban Forestry Study
What is Fridley Doing?
We were lucky to be the recipient of the "Improving Community Forests through Citizen Engagement" grant from the MN DNR in early 2016. This grant allows Fridley to purchase trees to be planted by volunteers in our parks and right-of-ways. Using funds from this grant, over 300 new trees have been planted in city parks and boulevards so far.