Stephanie Foster-Miller, Ohio Division of Forestry, stephanie.miller@dnr.state.oh.us (Presenter)


Urban soils range in quality from native profiles to highly engineered, compacted, and nutrient deficient qualities. Delineating various soils on a large scale for municipal tree planting plan has challenged urban foresters for decades, limiting opportunities for developing diverse community planting designs. State of Ohio Urban Foresters have created a systematic method, the Urban Site Index (USI,) to identify and quantify site quality based on eight site and use parameters. Presentation covers the background and development of the Urban Site Index, the method for field data collection, as well as several case studies with Ohio communities with this process.