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PhillyTreeMap

Main Project Information
Goal Help calculate environmental impact of region's urban forest.
Task Simply add information to the database about trees near you.
Where anywhere Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, United States of America
Description

Help identify and catalog the trees in Philadelphia's urban forest! PhillyTreeMap is an open-source, web-based map database of trees in the greater 13-county 3-state Philadelphia region. The wiki-style database enables non-profits, government, volunteer organizations, and the general public to collaboratively create an accurate and informative inventory of the trees in their communities. The project was funded by a USDA Small Business Innovation Research Grant and is in support of the Philadelphia Parks & Recreation's 30% tree canopy goal and the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society's "Plant One Million" campaign. As more trees are added to the database, PhillyTreeMap uses the iTree software from the USDA Forest Service to calculate the environmental impact of the region's urban forest. So get outside and add some trees!

How to Join

If you want to explore the project first, search the database of trees already on phillytreemap.org by address, species, or by browsing the map on the website.

If you'd like to help us add trees and their information to the database, create your account at: https://www.opentreemap.org/accounts/register/
Then, you'll be able to log in to the site and start adding new trees to the database or update trees already listed with information about their trunk diameter, species, location and local environment. For more information on how to use the site and catalog trees, see: http://treekey.phillytreemap.org/treekey/start.html. For other information, such as a cool tip on how to measure a trunk's diameter, see https://www.opentreemap.org/phillytreemap/page/FAQ/ or contact us at phillytreemap@pennhort.org.

If you're technical and interested in contributing to the open-source software that powers PhillyTreeMap, OpenTreeMap, check us out on gitHub: https://github.com/azavea/OpenTreeMap.

Check out the WHYY (NPR) segment about Philly Tree Map: http://bit.ly/1bgaPTS

Website http://phillytreemap.org/
Required Gear

If you're in the 13-county Greater Philadelphia region, simply walking outside in your local neighborhood and identifying the trees on your street is helpful! Make sure to bring a notebook and pen to write down the details of the trees you see, so you can add them to the database when you get back home. A camera is not required but is a great way to document tree features (for identifying the tree species later), and you can add your digital photos to the database too! Obviously, to add trees to the database you will need a computer with internet access.

Ideal Age Group Elementary school (6 - 10 years), Middle school (11 - 13 years), High school (14 - 17 years), College, Graduate students, Adults, Families
Spend the Time outdoors
Type of Activity On a walk, run, On a hike, At home
Media Mentions
and Publications
Tags android, app, crowd mapping, iphone, philadelphia, tree, trees
Project Updated 04/21/2017