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Title: Handheld app and online database for urban wood utilization from tree removals

Source: fplrip-3333-024-Martinson-Stephenson-Nislow-Bloniarz. 2 p.

Author(s)Stephenson, John; Nislow, Keith H.; Bloniarz, David V.; Martinson, Karen L.

Publication Year: 2017  View PDF »

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Category: Research In Progress

Abstract: Many databases show inventories of standing trees in urban settings. Most of these are used for daily arboricultural operations, long-term urban forestry planning, or monitoring the health of trees. Very little information is available on number of trees being removed on a daily, weekly, or yearly basis or where trees are being harvested. Data such as city, zip code, census block, or neighborhood are often not archived or analyzed. The goal of this project is to capture this removal data from municipal urban forest operations, private and commercial enterprises, and utility arborists working in the urban forest.

Capturing these data will give a broader picture of actual volume and value of trees being removed and sold or lost to least-use practices. Effective tracking of where a particular tree goes for its best use, or disposal, will provide a timely and accurate estimate of the true value of each tree throughout its lifecycle in any community actively recording the data.

Keywords: urban wood utilization; handheld app; standing tree database; tree removal

Publication Review Process: Non-Refereed (Other)

File size: 318 kb(s)

Date posted: 02/28/2017
RITS Product ID: 84172

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