January 17, 2013
Mapping the urban forest helps us understand the structure and state of our existing tree canopy, and gives us insight on how to maintain and improve this important resource. While the actual task of taking tree inventory can seem daunting, some cities and nonprofits are capitalizing on their volunteer base to help get the job done. Crowd-sourcing can be a useful tool to educate residents about urban forests by having them locate and measure trees in their neighborhoods. Low-tech and high-tech options make it easier for any size organization or community to implement and manage a successful tree mapping program.
Urban Forest Mapping Resource List
Philip Silva, Co-Director, TreeKIT (New York, NY)
TreeKIT is a non-profit focused on developing tools for collaboratively managing urban forests. TreeKIT draws on crowd-sourced tree inventories to create tools that partner urban forest stewards, tree care professionals, government agencies, and local organizations in successful urban canopy management.
Deborah Boyer, Project Manager, Azavea (Philadelphia, PA)
OpenTreeMap provides an easy-to-use public inventorying platform that enables individuals, organizations, and governments to collaboratively contribute to an interactive and dynamic map of a community’s tree population. This open-source software can be used in a single municipality or region to track and manage urban forest canopy.
Webcast attendees will learn about:
* Crowd sourcing as a method of citizen engagement
* Successful public tree mapping case studies
* Managing data and accessibility through an online platform
* Education and stewardship implications of involving residents in tree mapping
* The value of using open-source software as a canopy management tool
About the Webcast Series
The Webcast Series is the Alliance for Community Trees’ monthly webcast series held at the lunch hour. The goal is to create informal training opportunities for local urban and community forestry organizations. The content is geared to mainly serve the needs of volunteer organizations and community groups, although webcasts are open to all.
The trainings leverage local successes by amplifying to a larger audience the model organizations’ methods, materials, and approaches. Sessions are planned to last no more than one hour, with two presenters speaking on the same topic from slightly different perspectives, each for 10-15 minutes, followed by 10-15 minutes of questions and answers.
CEU Approved: 0 Hour
CFE Category 1 Approved: 1 Hour