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City of Bloomington Street Tree Inventories & Analyses

Researchers at the Bloomington Urban Forestry Research Group (BUFRG) have conducted two street tree inventories for the City of Bloomington. The first inventory in 2007 (see publications below for a copy of the report) was completed by Burney Fischer, Mike Steinhoff, Sarah Mincey, and Lance Dye, and resulted in a doubling of the urban forestry budget for the City of Bloomington.

During the summer of 2012, Burney and BUFRG received a contract from the City of Bloomington (COB) to conduct a sample re-inventory of trees in the public right-of-way and parks for the City’s Parks and Recreation Department. Research assistants Nick Myers and Kaitlyn McClain collected information on over 3000 street trees and park trees on public land in 10 neighborhoods. With Jess Vogt and Sarah Mincey, Nick and Kaitlyn are processing these data into reports for the City of Bloomington and Neighborhood Associations. Sarah will also be using information from the COB inventory to compare species and size distributions of trees on public property to those in private yards (data gathered as part of the Influence of Institutional Dynamics on Urban Tree Management project).

In addition to the neighborhood inventories and with financial support from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources Community & Urban Forestry office, trees planted between 2000 and 2012 by the City were also inventoried using BUFRG’s planted tree re-inventory protocol (see Evaluating the Outcomes of Neighborhood Urban Forestry for more details on this protocol). This information will be used to compare the species distributions and condition ratings for trees planted before and after 2000, as well as examine mortality rates for recently-planted street trees.

Funding and Support

  • Indiana Department of Natural Resources Division of Forestry Community and Urban Forestry Program (PI: Fischer; 2012: $4,590)
  • City of Bloomington, IN, Parks and Recreation Department (PI: Fischer; 2006-2007: $7,000; 2012: $4,000)


Conference Proceedings

  • Coleoni, C. M., Bradford, L. A. & S. L. Watkins. 2013. Analysis of the Urban Forest Condition in Bloomington, Indiana, and a Protocol to Update Bloomington's Street Tree Inventory of 2007. International Society of Arboriculture 89th Annual International Conference & Trade Show, August 3-7, 2013, Toronto, ON. (Poster Presentation and Conference Proceedings)