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City of Butte's trees in poor condition

By Donovan Hill, KTVM Reporter, dhill@ktvm.com
Published On: Feb 21 2013 08:25:05 AM MST
Updated On: Feb 21 2013 02:48:37 PM MST
Butte Trees
BUTTE, Mont. -

Butte Silver Bow's Urban Revitalization Agency has completed a survey of the city's publicly owned trees.

Now officials with the URA want feedback from the community.

The city of Butte paid for the survey with a grant from the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation.

A total of 4,400 trees were recorded and categorized by certain characteristics such as size, type, age and height.

Now that URA officials know what the they have, they've started looking for what it would take to maintain them.

"We have 4,400 data points related to 4,400 public trees of our urban forest and so once that data is collected we can run some analysis on it,” said Karen Byrnes, the Community Development Director for Butte-Silver Bow.  “We can create maps but what we have now is the ability to create a urban forestry management plan based on the data that we have," added Byrnes.

Silver Bow County officials will be holding a meeting on the study in the Butte Public Archives within the next couple of weeks. No date or time has been set yet.