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Norway Maple tops tree inventory in Village of Lancaster

The Village of Lancaster is dominated by one species of a tree. And that is not a good thing.

A recently completed inventory of the village’s nearly 4,000 tree, plant and stump population found the Norway Maple is the most predominant tree in the village.

“More than 50 percent of village trees are Norway Maple,” said Lori Brockelbank, area manager for Davey Resource Group. “That is very unusual; you don’t want one species being prominent. You could lose those trees."

Linden followed with 13 percent, said Brockelbank, who reported the findings to the Village Board this week. Lancaster’s Tree Management Plan was approved by trustees Monday, and it will serve as a blueprint for future planting, maintenance and preservation, said Mayor William Schroeder.

The inventory was conducted on street right-of-ways, parks and vacant public sites throughout the village, said Brockelbank. Some 1,300 trees were located on vacant public land, she said. The inventory was funded by the state Department of Environmental Conservation.

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