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Urban Forest Management and Planning Workshop

Hosted by The Center for Tree Science and Chicago Region Trees Initiative at The Morton Arboretum
January 17th, 2019, 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Event Agenda Below
9:00 a.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks
Morning Session: Street tree inventories: Considering data needs, data quality, and innovative data collection using Google Street View
Description: Street tree inventories are fundamentally important for municipal urban forest management, but collecting and maintaining inventory data is expensive and time-consuming. This presentation discusses the level of detail and data quality associated with three types of street tree inventories: traditional field-based surveys by experts, citizen science inventories conducted by nonexpert volunteers, and virtual surveys conducted remotely using Google Street View imagery. 
Each survey model contains error and uncertainty, particularly when more detailed data values and higher accuracy are required. Ideas for conducting simpler inventories that still meet data needs for management will be discussed. Special emphasis will be placed on the use of Google Street View to generate street tree data.
9:15 a.m. Aligning street tree inventory data to management needs    
Dr. Adam Berland, Department of Geography, Ball State University
  • Overview of street tree inventories, focused on different inventory approaches and ensuring that data collection suits the intended management use.
10:25 a.m.       Break
10:35 a.m.       Generating street tree data in the Village of Dolton, IL
Dr. Jess Vogt, Department of Environmental Science and Studies, DePaul University and Kaitlyn Pike, Master’s program in Sustainable Management, DePaul University
  • Present results from street tree data collection in Dolton, including a comparison of results generated with field surveys and results generated using virtual surveys in Google Street View. Includes discussion of the pros and cons of virtual surveys, and recommendations for implementing this innovative approach to data collection.
11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.  Lunch (Served on site)
Afternoon Session: Creating equitable urban forests through research, outreach, management, and planning
12:15 p.m . Urban forest analysis and planning using iTree landscape
Al Zelaya, Davey Tree Expert Company
  • Introduction to the practical use of iTree Landscape to understand and document patterns in urban canopy cover and benefits. Also will present strategies for applying data to urban forest management and planning.
1:00 p.m. Understanding inequity in urban forests and modeling future changes
Elliott Volin and Dr. Robert Fahey, University of Connecticut
  • Presents results of linked studies that use iTree and urban forest data to 1) understand patterns of inequity in urban forest cover and associated benefits at a continental scale and 2) model future changes in urban tree cover and inequity under scenarios of urban development and global change effects on forests in the Chicago region. Also will present information on analysis techniques and new tools that can be used to conduct equivalent analyses for other geographies.  
1:50 p.m. Break
2:00 p.m. iTree Landscape as a teaching and outreach tool:  online and in class learning modules
Dr. Christie Klimas and Dr. Margaret Abood, Depaul University
  • Describes an effort to create educational materials outlining the functions of i-Tree Landscape and possible applications. In collaboration with education and urban forestry experts, educational materials for in-person workshops and online modules have been developed. Materials are designed for a variety of user groups including middle school, high school, and environmentally-focused college programs, community environmental organizations, and urban forestry professionals.
2: 45 p.m. Community engagement through urban tree data collection and analysis
Rachel Holmes,  The Nature Conservancy
  • Documents efforts to use urban forest data collection and analysis activities, including volunteer and job-training programs, as a tool to promote engagement with communities around urban forest issues and management. Focus is on engagement with community-based organizations in underserved Chicago neighborhoods.   
3:20 p.m. Closing Remarks
3:30 p.m. Adjourn