In response to the EAB threat, a group of neighbors organized themselves to develop an action plan to prevent the wholesale devastation of the tree canopy in a group of historic neighborhoods in Indianapolis. Over the course of 6 months, ABATe (the Ash Borer Action Team) inventoried, assessed, and geocoded more than 2,500 trees. With the support of the City of Indianapolis and Keep Indianapolis Beautiful and in cooperation with three neighborhood associations, the team developed a treatment and phased replacement strategy.
Brad Beaubien, AICP is an urban planner working for Ball State Universitys College of Architecture and Planning Indianapolis Center. He is a resident of the Fall Creek Place neighborhood, where he also serves on the Board of Directors for King Park Area Development Corporation, a community development corporation serving the near-northside neighborhoods of Indianapolis. His professional passion for the public realm and a growing concern among neighbors about the potential for the loss of significant street tree canopy led Brad to start the ABATe team in 2011.
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