CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Kanawha City residents will have the opportunity to help survey trees in the neighborhood in an effort to record the details and viability of trees.
The plan to conduct the survey was announced to the Municipal Beautification Commission by commission member and Kanawha City resident Chuck Denham at its regular meeting Tuesday.
"We have about four to five volunteers so far," Denham said.
Data collected from survey will allow a maintenance plan to be created for the trees. For now, the project will first be undertaken in Kanawha City, but the commission has discussed expanding the program to the rest of the city if the survey in Kanawha City is successful.
In recent months, concerns have been raised about the maintenance and condition of trees in Kanawha City, particularly after one of the large pin oak trees fell on a house in the 4200 block of Washington Avenue. Some of those trees are about 100 years old.
Therefore, having a maintenance plan in place will allow the city to be more proactive in maintaining and removing trees that could be dying, Denham said previously. Information collected for the survey would include location, closest address, species condition and size.
Kanawha County Extension Agent John Porter, a commission member and Kanawha City resident, said training will be available to those who volunteer to help with the undertaking.
"We'll have a workshop in the spring to do the tree inventory," he said.
Volunteers will be taught how to identify tree species and be instructed on which trees to record, in addition to other information.
Denham said he hopes to get the survey started in the spring, once leaves grow back on the trees.Anyone interested in helping with the survey can call Denham at 304-325-9496 or the Charleston Public Grounds Director Harley Goodwin at 304-348-6458.