The Town of Cutler Bay completed by the beginning of April a tree-trimming project started in January in the Bel-Aire neighborhood as part of a federal grant program.
Cutler Bay previously had been awarded the 2013 Urban and Community Forestry Grant with funding being provided by the United States Forest Service in the amount of $10,000. That program has been used to conduct corrective pruning and maintenance of trees throughout the town’s residential neighborhoods, in accordance with the Cutler Bay Tree Protection Plan.
The Bel-Aire neighborhood was chosen after careful evaluation because it has some of the densest tree canopy.
“Town Public Works personnel canvassed the affected sections of the neighborhood and provided residents with educational information developed in partnership with the University of Florida IFAS Horticultural Extension Center, located in Homestead, on proper tree trimming practices,” said Public Works director Alfredo Quintero. “In addition to tree-trimming information, the town provided residents with additional outreach information regarding stormwater runoff and pollution prevention.”
Quintero, who is an ISA Certified Arborist, said that the town encourages residents to follow proper tree-trimming practices and, when possible, hire licensed tree trimming companies which employ certified arborists. The town encourages residents to follow Florida Friendly Landscaping principles.
“Proper tree trimming and canopy uplifting will reduce the risk of tree failure, maintain tree health and improve tree aesthetics,” Quintero said. “It will also allow more clearance for service vehicles, recreational vehicles and any pedestrian traffic.”
There is additional educational information and a link to the University of Florida IFAS Horticultural website on the Town of Cutler Bay’s official website, www.cutlerbay-fl.gov, under “Public Works Department,” or residents may call 305-234-4262.