Since early 1990, Russett has consulted with The Care of Trees to determine and preserve the natural environment which trees need to surviv'e. Even before that, Russett established ground rules for tree preservation to be followed by both developer and builders. Following a comprehensive plan, Russett has used a variety of methods to limit changes to the environment and stress to trees inevitably caused by the development and homebuilding process.
From the beginning, tree preservation has received high priority in placing buildings, roads, parking and other site elements.
The developer has installed literally miles of bright orange tree protection fencing and signs to keep bulldozers, cement trucks, construction debris and human feet out of protected areas.
When saving groups of trees, understory (smaller plants, seedlings and groundcover) has also been preserved. Before trenching for utility lines, the developer has used root pruning to prevent damage during excavation.
In order to further enhance natural buffers, Russett's developer has recently begun trans- planting trees that otherwise would have been lost. Measures taken to maintain tree health at Russett include annual treatments for gypsy moth and tree fertilization following nearby site work.
The success of Russett's tree preservation program has hinged on the developer's commitment to develop and implement a plan, and to monitor and enforce it. Russett has definitely become a place "where nature is part of the plan". Future articles will provide tips for how new homeowners can join the effort. – less–ZoomInfo