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Arboriculture & Urban Forestry Online
Volume 27, Issue 5 — September 2001

A Summary and Forecast of Demand for Municipal Street Tree Service on Staten Island, New York    (View PDF)

James J. McCabe

Abstract: The objective of this study was to establish a reasonably accurate demand forecasting model for municipal street tree services on Staten Island, New York. Using the raw data gathered from years from 1996 through 2000, a chart and mathematical equation for anticipated monthly demand were derived for the year 2001. The development of the model was accomplished with simple arithmetic computations and computer-assisted regression analysis. Although occasional storm damage skewed some monthly figures, it is apparent that demand for public tree maintenance on Staten Island is decidedly seasonal and predictable.

Keywords: Municipal arboriculture; demand forecasting; operations research; municipal tree maintenance.

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