Contact(s): Contact(s): Dan Buckler, DNR urban forest assessment specialist, firstname.lastname@example.org, 608-267-0843; Jeff Roe, DNR urban forestry team leader, 608-264-6294, Jeffrey.email@example.com
MADISON - The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources' Urban Forestry program unveiled an interactive map today that provides a new way of learning about urban forests in the state. The Wisconsin Community Tree Map plots individual trees according to species, diameter, health condition and other attributes for participating communities statewide.
"This new tool will help explain the value of urban forests and their ability to improve air quality, reduce energy use, increase property values and control storm water," said Jeff Roe, DNR urban forestry team leader. "This will help communities make data driven decisions for their urban forest management strategies."
There are currently tree inventories from 38 communities incorporated into the Wisconsin Community Tree Map, totaling over 350,000 trees, which includes the recently inventoried State Capitol Park grounds. Tree inventories are records kept by organizations, typically municipalities, to identify trees and track management activities in the urban forest. The application is also connected to the U.S. Forest Service's i-Tree database of tree benefits, enabling users to quantify the annual value of individual, or groups, of trees.
"There are many uses of this new system," said Dan Buckler, DNR urban forest assessment specialist. "Urban forestry managers and other stakeholders interested in explaining the extent and benefit of the urban forest will appreciate the application's ability to make charts and graphs that could be inserted into presentations and reports. Customized maps can be saved and printed, and spreadsheets and GIS data can also be exported for further analysis and exploration."
Communities that want to upload or update their inventories, or are interested in creating one, are encouraged to contact DNRUrbanForestryAssessment@wisconsin.gov.
Training opportunities will be available for communities wishing to learn more about how to use the Wisconsin Community Tree Map. If interested in a training opportunity, please contact DNRUrbanForestryAssessment@wisconsin.gov by August 31.