Treasure Valley Tree Selection Guide: A Process of Transformation

Mary Jane Marlow Mary Jane Marlow
Canopi Design
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The Cities of Boise, Caldwell, Eagle, Kuna, Meridian and Nampa, Idaho are proud of their trees! It was with this sentiment of value and appreciation for our trees that the TV Tree Selection Guide was created. Based largely on the original version from the Boise Parks & Recreation Department’s Tree Selection Guide developed by the Urban Forestry Unit in 1995, the new guide was fashioned.

It was time…time to broaden tree species selections to include new cultivars. And, remove old ones that were not performing well. This was a labor of satisfaction for everyone involved.

In April 2017 Mary Jane Marlow of Canopi Design (Project Manager for the 1995 Tree Selection Guide), notified approximately twenty-five participants from public, private, and non-profit stakeholders to come together and develop a new guide. They were ready!

At the first meeting it was apparent everyone was encouraged about the prospect of creating a new guide more suited to the entire Treasure Valley region. Several cities were updating their tree ordinances and codes for development and the timing could not have been better. The Idaho Nursery & Landscape Association & Jayker Re-Wholesale Nursery contributed financially and in the final editing stages.

The foremost intention of Mary Jane Marlow of Canopi Design was integrating the guide into every cities tree ordinance and codes to stabilize and strengthen tree planting/development outcomes across the valley. When all the cities are on the same page recommending the same trees, the end result for a strong tree canopy can be realized. Cities are adding (the hosting site) to their web sites allowing this information to be shared.

This was a labor that enriched all of us!