The presence of federally threatened and endangered bat species on base prohibits the removal of suitable bat roost trees and prohibits cutting between April 1 and Oct. 1 to avoid incidental disturbance of roosting bats.
“The removal of dead trees in areas where they do not pose a threat to people or property is avoided,” said Trevino. “In some cases, these trees provide more or as much protective habitat for wildlife as when they are alive.
“Many species of wild birds and mammals utilize dead trees for shelter, nesting, foraging and perching,” Trevino said. “Dead trees can stand for decades.”
Many of the trees on the installation were planted in places that they eventually outgrew and then needed to be removed.
A healthy urban forest begins with careful planning. It is important to take numerous factors into consideration before planting a tree. The potential mature height, the canopy spread, the growth rate and sun requirements are all factors to consider.
The Natural Resources Program has an “approved tree list” with important information about each species of tree that can be planted on base.
To report a potentially hazardous tree or for inquiries about Wright-Patterson’s urban forest, contact Danielle Trevino at 937-257-8555.