City of Big Rapids, Michigan (March, 2020) – Davey Resource Group, Inc. been selected by the City of Big Rapids to conduct a comprehensive inventory and assessment of an estimated 4,400 trees on public streets and parks. The project is part of on-going efforts within the City to manage trees, minimize the effects of future storm damage, and assure the community has a healthy, sustainable urban forest.

A college-educated, professional arborist from the urban forestry consulting company is in the City to inspect and map all the public trees. The arborist will be assessing the condition and stability of each tree, looking for any damaged or dead material to be removed, and evaluating any signs of decay or disease.

Davey Resource Group, Inc. was selected by the City after they received a grant from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Urban and Community Forestry Program for $9,175. 

“A tree inventory provides important information about public trees that will help Big Rapids develop a long-term, pro-active approach to tree maintenance.” said Lee Mueller, a forestry specialist who is supporting the City’s inventory project. “This project will identify, map, and determine maintenance needs for all of the City’s publicly-maintained trees.”

Davey Resource Group, Inc’s arborists will use handheld computers loaded with information and aerial photographs from existing Geographic Information System (GIS) to mark the location and record specific details of each of the trees. Arborists working in the City will be wearing yellow vests with the company’s name and logo.

After the field work is complete, the City will use its inventory to prioritize tree maintenance activities across the City. According to Heather Bowman, the City’s Director of Public Works, the City “looks forward to using these data to address any immediate tree maintenance concerns and plan long-term to strengthen a pro-active tree maintenance program and improve tree health across the community.”  

Along with the inventory occurring for the project, the City will also be provided with inventory management software and an interactive website has been developed to help provide the public with information on their urban forest. Information on individual tree species and benefits will be provided for all public trees across Big Rapids.   

For more information about this important project, people are encouraged to contact Heather Bowman by calling 231-592-4015 or email at