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City of Plano Parks and Recreation

Posted on: July 10, 2018

Got a question about trees? Ask An Urban Forester!

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Ask our Urban Forester, Angie Kralik, any tree related questions.

Urban Forestry is the careful care and management of tree populations in urban settings for the purpose of improving the urban environment. Urban forestry advocates the role of trees as a critical part of the urban infrastructure. Urban foresters plant and maintain trees, support appropriate tree and forest preservation, conduct research and promote the many benefits trees provide.

Here in Plano, Angela Kralik is our Urban Forester. She receives many inquiries from residents who, like her, understand the importance of trees and care about well-being of these living creatures. Having collected a small cache of questions from local residents, we thought it would be a good idea to share her useful information with the rest of the community in an effort to help everyone in Plano support the maintenance of our urban forest canopy. Visit our Urban Forestry page for more information about how you can speak for the trees!

Q. I have some questions concerning trees in our neighborhood—I think they may be diseased. How can I tell? Do you have an arborist on staff who can check them?

A.  Here at Plano Parks and Recreation, we oversee the trees on public property such as parks, medians and municipal buildings. I do not oversee the trees on private property. We do provide a list of Certified Arborists who you may contact to determine if there is a disease and they would be able to treat the disease as well. Here is the link to our website with the list of local Certified Arborists: https://www.plano.gov/DocumentCenter/View/2622/Certified-Arborists?bidId.

I recently received a call from a resident who said a tree care company was going around and telling the folks they have Oak Wilt and that he could remove their tree for them. When the resident described the health of their tree, I immediately realized that the person giving the recommendation did not know about Oak Wilt and was giving very poor advice. I hope this is not happening in your neighborhood, so it is always valuable to ask these types of questions.

If you would like to email me a photo of the leaves and trees that you are concerned about, I am happy to review the photos and perhaps be able to point you in a better direction.

Do you have a question for our Urban Forester? Contact Angela Kralik at angelak@plano.gov or call 972-941-7250. You can also reach out to us through the Fix It Plano app or by calling 469-77FIX-IT.