Mark K. Morrison Associates LTD, Landscape Architecture
Tree preservation planning for construction; Highland Park, The Ridgewood Reservoir Site
Queens, New York City
The Ridgewood Reservoir was being decommissioned. Our assignment was to evaluate the best access route for constructions vehicles that will need to accessthe basins for a dam decommissioning project. Our scope includedmaking a recommendationfor the least invasive route of travel based on field conditionsand our professional opinion for quantity and quality of all trees required forremoval with the intention of preserving as many trees as possible, taking into account theircurrent condition and consideration on whether the species of trees are considered invasive and/ornon-native.
The desired outcome was to identify the haul road route that would be least ecologically impactful by removing the fewest desirable trees.
Our approach included the following:
The initially proposed route options are shown in Fig1. Our recommended route based on the trees on site is shown in Fig2.