Trying to build a lasting partnership in conservation and community engagement? Learn time-tested steps to ensure your partnership will be mutually beneficial and last from the first excitement-filled meeting well into a mature habitat enhancement program.
This course teaches you to use i-Tree, a state-of-the-art software suite created by the USDA Forest Service that provides urban forestry analysis and benefits assessment tools. The i-Tree tools help communities of all sizes to strengthen their urban forest management and advocacy efforts by quantifying the structure of community trees and the environmental services that trees provide. Learn how you can report on individual trees, parcels, neighborhoods, cities, and even entire states. By understanding the local, tangible ecosystem services that trees provide, i-Tree users can link urban forest management activities with environmental quality and community livability. Whether your interest is a single tree or an entire forest, i-Tree provides baseline data that you can use to demonstrate value and set priorities for more effective decision-making.
David J. Nowak, Ph.D., Project Leader, Forest Service Urban Forests, Human Health & Environmental Quality