Commentary by Daren Mindham
Carmel’s Dept. of Community Services Urban Forestry staff is responsible for the city’s management of street trees as well as the review of landscaping and green infrastructure for new subdivisions and commercial developments. Through proper design and efficient management of the urban landscape, Carmel provides high quality of life for its citizens, workforce and visitors. Carmel’s Urban Forestry Program seeks to maximize the benefits of the city’s urban forest, both public and private, through thoughtful environmental, economic and community efforts.
The mayor-appointed Carmel Urban Forestry Committee envisions a future where Carmel’s urban forests are healthy, diverse, colorful and offer canopy trees that line the streets and beautify the city. This environment seeks to sustain wildlife and be accessible to every resident. The teamwork of the street, utilities and engineering departments allow the urban forestry program to maintain a high level of excellence.
Carmel residents can assist in sustaining a green future for Carmel by planting tall-growing trees at home. Trees are such a visible part of the landscape and ensure that the urban forest is sustained by planting trees like tulip tree and oak. Planting trees is an easy and effective way to beautify a property, provide shade, offer wind protection and enhance privacy while increasing real estate values.
Carmel’s Urban Forester provides Carmel residents with specifications for successfully installing new trees. Tree specifications and other forestry-related articles and links are available at the Carmel Urban Forestry website carmelurbanforestry.com. This comprehensive website offers information on forestry related topics, including Carmel’s recognition as a Tree City USA, tree selection, landscape maintenance and the Carmel Urban Forestry Committee’s vision for a greener Carmel.
Daren Mindham is the urban forester for the City of Carmel. Learn more at carmelurbanforestry.com.