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SWLRT Draft Kenilworth Tree Inventory (Jan 2014)

SWLRT Draft Kenilworth Tree Inventory (Jan 2014)

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It's a controversial topic affecting two communities: Minneapolis and St. Louis Park.
Which is the best place to handle both freight rail and light rail for the Southwest Light Rail project?
It's a controversial topic affecting two communities: Minneapolis and St. Louis Park.
Which is the best place to handle both freight rail and light rail for the Southwest Light Rail project?

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DRAFT
Kenilworth Corridor Vegetation Inventory
DRAFT REV 0 
 
January 2014 Southwest LRT Project Technical Report
 
 
DRAFT
Executive Summary
Southwest LRT Project Office (SPO) Consultant staff conducted a vegetation inventory in the Kenilworth Corridor in December 2013 and January 2014. The purpose of the inventory is to identify the location, diameter, species and condition of existing trees; general species, quantity and condition of existing understory vegetation; and type, condition and limits of groundcover (grasses). This information will help the SPO design team advance the landscaping design once a decision is made on the overall Southwest LRT project scope. The study area (survey limits) encompasses 44 acres within the Corridor, generally defined by the Hennepin County Regional Railroad Authority (HCRRA) right-of-way (ROW) and adjoining BNSF property. Findings from the inventory are as follows:
 
Over 75% of the study area consists of existing vegetation. Of that total:
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9% is native vegetation /restoration area
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26% is maintained vegetation (mowed grasses)
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6% is unmaintained vegetation (groundcover outside of the tree and vegetation area)
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59% is trees, understory, and groundcover vegetation
 
The remaining 25% of the study area consists of freight ballast and track, trails and other paved surfaces
 
Within the survey limits, there are 480 Significant Trees (as defined by City of Minneapolis code, i.e., minimum 12-inch diameter breast height (DBH)). Of that total:
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Over 90% of the Significant Trees are between 12 and 24 inches DBH
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Approximately 80% of the Significant Trees inventoried are native softwoods – cottonwood, elm, and boxelder.

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