Emerald Necklace

Tree Inventory, Conditions Assessment & Management Plan,

& Subsequent Vegetation Management

Part of a multi-million dollar effort to improve the urban forest health and overall user experience of Boston’s Emerald Necklace parks, KZLA led a tree inventory, conditions assessment, and preparation of a comprehensive management plan to guide an approach to tree management for the Emerald Necklace Conservancy.

Through research into historic plans, planting lists, and numerous images, KZLA worked exhaustively to identify and honor the original design intent of Frederick Law Olmsted and his partners.  A respect for the historic was balanced with an equally comprehensive focus on user needs and the contemporary forest/vegetative system – plant communities plus soil conditions, erosion, micro-environment, and user impacts.  KZLA used GIS in-office and in-the-field to better analyze the site and to document site features and vegetation for future improvements and on-line public accessibility.  

In 2015, tree pruning, tree care, and planting were completed on the Fenway in the Back Bay Fens as part of the first design and construction phase to result from the management plan.   

Recognition: 

2015 Boston Society of Landscape Architects Honor Award

Client:
Emerald Necklace Conservancy


Location:
Boston + Brookline, MA


Size:
630 acres


Duration:
2013 to Present