An i-Tree for Everyone

Photo: flickr\René Ehrhardt

Photo: flickr\René Ehrhardt

January/February 2011: Canadian Geographic

New software reveals what urban trees do for our cities.

At a suburban house outside Toronto, armed with assorted gadgets for measuring trees, I politely ask the homeowner whether I can assess the vegetation in part of his backyard. “My tax dollars put to good use,” he says sarcastically.

I’m working on a project to evaluate the state of the urban forest throughout the Greater Toronto Area, I explain, but attempting to ease his skepticism is futile. Thankfully, as my partner and I follow aerial maps to chase down plots throughout Brampton, Ont., another team is roaming the streets of Toronto, collecting data from over 400 random samples.

Read the rest of this story at canadiangeographic.ca

 

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