Tuesday, June 15, 2010

i-Tree Streets

Today Peggy and I traveled to Portsmouth, NH to attend a two day training for the program i-Tree. The event is being sponsored by University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension, New Hampshire Division of Forests and Lands, and the U.S. Forest Service. We arrived at 8:30am and began an intense day learning all about i-Tree Streets. This program is designed to go out in the field and walk along streets, mostly in urban areas, identifying tree species and DBH. Using this information along with data about damage to the tree analysis about the area can be conducted. The program allows you to look at things like benefit-cost analysis reports, annual benefits (energy, storm water, air quality, carbon dioxide, carbon stored), management costs, net annual benefits, resource structural analysis and many other things. It's a great tool for showing why tree budgets are needed, what trees should be planted, and if areas are on the right track in terms of the long term planting plan. We also worked with IPED which is the pest evaluation and detection program. We were able to go outside for part of the day and collect data in the field using a PDA. Mollie Freilicher from the DCR talked about real applications for i-Tree Streets. Tomorrow we are going to learn all about i-Tree Eco.

IPED in the field (youtube)


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