up
Budget Year / Version:  
anchor
anchor
anchor

Description

This project provides for the preservation of the street tree canopy through tree maintenance that will reduce hazardous situations to pedestrians and motorists, help reduce outages in the County, preserve health and longevity of trees, decrease property damage incurred from tree debris during storms, correct structural imbalances/defects that cause future hazardous conditions and that shorten the lifespan of the trees, improve aesthetics and adjacent property values, improve sight distance for increased safety, and provide clearance from street lights for a safer environment.
anchor

Phase

Ongoing

Status

Active
anchor
Budget Snapshot
$49.4M Total
Expenditures/Funding
$18.4M 6 Year Total
Expenditures/Funding
anchor

Cost Change

Cost increase due to the addition of FY25-26 to this ongoing level of effort project. Reduce scope by $200,000 in FY21.
anchor

Justification

In FY97, the County eliminated the Suburban District Tax and expanded its street tree maintenance program from the old Suburban District to include the entire County. The street tree population has now increased from an estimated 200,000 trees to about 350,000 trees, with a typical life span of 60 years. Since that time, only pruning in reaction to emergency/safety concerns has been provided. The preservation of the street tree canopy through tree maintenance provides a reduction in hazardous situations and a healthier urban forest canopy. Tree maintenance will decrease storm damage and cleanup costs, right-of-way obstruction and safety hazards to pedestrians and motorists, strengthen structural integrity, decrease public security risk, and decrease liability claims. The Forest Preservation Task Force Report (October, 2000) recommended the development of a green infrastructure CIP project for street tree maintenance. The Forest Preservation Strategy Update (July, 2004) reinforced the need for a CIP project that addresses street trees (Recommendations in the inter-agency study of tree management practices by the Office of Legislative Oversight (Report #2004-8 - September, 2004) and the Tree Inventory Report and Management Plan by Appraisal, Consulting, Research, and Training Inc. (November, 1995). Studies have shown that healthy trees provide significant year-round energy saving. Winter windbreaks can lower heating costs by 10 to 20 percent, and summer shade can lower cooling costs by 15 to 35 percent. Every tree that is planted and maintained saves $20 in energy costs per year. In addition, a healthy street tree canopy captures the first 0.5 inch of rainfall reducing the need for storm water management facilities.
anchor

Disclosures

Expenditures will continue indefinitely.
anchor

Coordination

Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection, Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Utility companies.
Download & Explore
Budget Snapshot
$49.4M Total
Expenditures/Funding
$18.4M 6 Year Total
Expenditures/Funding
anchor
Project Details
Project NumberP500700
Date Last Modified03/12/20
Administering AgencyTransportation
CategoryTransportation
SubCategoryHighway Maintenance
Planning AreaCountywide
anchor
Total Expenditures by Cost Element (000s)
anchor
Total Funding by Source (000s)
EXPENDITURES (000s)
Cost ElementsTotalThru FY19Est FY20Total 6 YearsFY 21FY 22FY 23FY 24FY 25FY 26Beyond 6 Years
Planning, Design and Supervision36985987927604504504654654654650
Land00000000000
Site Improvements and Utilities00000000000
Construction45673281081925156402450265026352635263526350
Other2929000000000
Total Expenditures49400281962804184002900310031003100310031000
FUNDING (000s)
Funding SourceTotalThru FY19Est FY20Total 6 YearsFY 21FY 22FY 23FY 24FY 25FY 26Beyond 6 Years
Current Revenue: General39632197841448184002900310031003100310031000
Land Sale458458000000000
Recordation Tax Premium (MCG)93107954135600000000
Total Funding Sources49400281962804184002900310031003100310031000
APPROPRIATION AND EXPENDITURE DATA ($000s)
Appropriation FY 21 Request2900
Year First AppropriationFY07
Appropriation FY 22 Request3100
Last FY's Cost Estimate43400
Cumulative Appropriation31000
Expenditure / Encumbrances28216
Unencumbered Balance2784