IG: City Could Do Better Job Maintaining Trees

Jim Gudas
October 31, 2019 - 7:39 am

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Chicago’s Inspector General has some issues with how the city deals with trees.

Chicago Inspector General Joe Ferguson criticized the Streets and Sanitation Department’s Bureau of Forestry for waiting to get calls from residents or businesses to deal with problem trees on parkways and other city property.

Ferguson said that leads to a much more inefficient approach to tree management, which has created a backlog and has led to a smaller number of healthy or living trees in Chicago.

"Our canopy is shrinking for a number of reasons, but one of them would certainly have to do with the absense of kind of a holistic abriary spaced approach," he said.

Ferguson is recommending the Bureau of Forestry proactively deal with problem trees using a grid system of regular inspections and maintenance.

He said that would also ensure that all wards get equal tree services from the city, which he says they don’t get now.