Volume 2, Summer Issue | May 10, 2017
Saint Paul Forestry has begun its annual planting of city boulevards. Trees are planted from April through June and again in October and November. Planting occurs over these months as to avoid the harsh summer heat that can lower the rate of survivability in newly planted trees. Saint Paul plants its boulevards on a rotation; every planning district is planted once every five years. About 1,500 boulevard trees will be planted in 2017. This year, Districts 2, 6, and 9 will be planted (Figure 1).
Forestry is working to diversify Saint Paul’s urban forest by planting a wider variety of species. Species diversification is advantageous because it improves the urban forest’s resiliency to climate change and invasive species. Below is a chart (Figure 2) that shows the various percentages of tree genera planted along city boulevards this year.