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Tree Mapping Technologies for Modern Urban Forest Management
December 12 @ 8:30 am - 1:00 pm
Feeling behind on technology? This 1/2 day workshop is for you! Learn to map, assess, analyze, and manage urban tree data online, on any device, from anywhere.
(3 ISA CEU credits available!!)
Who should attend: arborists, urban foresters, parks and rec managers, public works staff, consultants, tree care firms, planners, nonprofits, tree boards, students, and researchers.
What you will learn: terms, tools, and tricks of the trade for cloud-based GIS tree inventory collection, tree care / consulting, data analysis, and work management.
8:30-9 am: Network over coffee, tea, and light breakfast
9-10 am: Attendees will learn tree inventory best practices and efficiencies from professionals. This portion of the workshop will be indoors and introduce participants to tree inventory data collection using GPS vs. GIS methods, online and offline modes, map tools, browser & web services technology, and training on data management on a desktop, tablet, or smartphone.
10:00-11:00 am: Case studies from software users, from the private and social sector. Micah Pace from Preservation Tree, The Consulting Group will share his experience using Tree Plotter as an urban forestry management and mapping tool, in-the-field sales, and proposal development. Matt Grubisich with the Texas Trees Foundation will share how they use Tree Plotter not only as a tree management tool, but as public engagement and education outreach tool to drive policy and change at a local and regional level.
11:00-11:30 am: Short break and head outdoors. Participants will learn to access, navigate, view, edit, add, and manage tree data on the cloud from a smartphone or tablet devices and see data updates in real-time. Offline (disconnected) data collection and syncing when on WIFI will also be introduced. Attendees are encouraged to bring a web-enabled device or pair up with someone. Participants will learn how to map tree X/Y coordinates without using GPS, to select a base map with varying conditions and ways to deal with sunlight issues on mobile screens.
11:30 am-12:00 pm: The workshop will conclude indoors, where we analyze the newly collected data, perform spatial and attribute queries, export data to Excel and GIS formats, and create custom data-driven reports and maps.
12pm-1pm: Network and discussion over catered lunch. Advanced tools will be introduced, time permitting, such as viewing i-Tree benefits, Tree Protection Zones, tree appraisal values (based on CTLA), work order tracking/automation, and ISA TRAQ forms/fields.