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Hello all,

I'm giving a presentation at the Oregon Community Trees conference in June to compare / contrast new tree technologies, specifically citizen science or crowd-sourced applications (the agenda and abstract are online if you'd like to see it). I'm looking to get national input from the Grove! So far, I plan to include the following tools in my talk:

  • Tree Plotter LITE (screenshot below)
  • i-Tree
  • Open Tree Map
  • TreeSense
  • Forest Planner
  • Digital Coast (NOAA)
  • and possibly WalkScope (not urban forestry specific)

If you have experience with tree-related apps that are useful for community engagement, data collection / synthesis, and education / awareness, please respond with the following information by Friday, May 9th (my slides are due 5/15):

  • Name/Title/Organization to credit
  • Brief overview (1-2 sentences)
  • Type of app (web bro
    wser or native or desktop only, etc.)
  • Stage of Development (if applicable)
  • Website URL(s)
  • Any other useful info (pls keep it concise)
  • And feel free to send a screenshot to

If I don't have time to present all the tools/apps I get back, then I will at least include them in a list of resources.

Thanks in advance everyone. Hopefully this is useful for everyone on American Grove and the communities in Oregon at the conference.

- Ian Hanou, Plan-It Geo, Arvada, CO

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More Non-Timber Ecosystem Services of Trees

Earlier in the year at Georgia’s Arbor Day celebration at the  Capitol, a “check” for $37.2 billion dollars in ecosystem service value provided by trees was handed to Georgia Governor Nathan Deal, the result of the study “Quantifying the Benefits of Non-Timber Ecosystem Services in Georgia” conducted by the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources at the University of Georgia.  That check is looking better all the time.  Scientist are discovering that the net primary productivity of forests which measures how much CO2 plants take in during photosynthesis minus how much CO2 plants release during is respiration is much higher than was originally believed.   Be sure to read the full article with an informative interactive map.

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