SITKA — Is it possible to put a price tag on the value of trees?
As a matter of fact, it is, says Stephen Nickel, community assistance forester from the state Division of Forestry.
To that end, the city is working with Nickel to inventory the city’s tree supply as a way to properly value and maintain as many as 1,000 trees on municipal land.
Nickel said these trees have economic as well as environmental and social values.
“Trees are the only city infrastructure that increase in value as they age,” he said.