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Enjoy the latest edition of the i-Tree News
April 28, 2016 
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Tools for Assessing and Managing
Community Trees and Forests

 
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Arbor Day: Leveraging Opportunities with i-Tree


The first formal Arbor Day was observed in 1872 in Nebraska after J. Sterling Morton’s successful efforts to set aside a day to plant trees. Morton and other early Nebraskan pioneers recognized the importance and the practical value of trees which served as agricultural crop windbreaks, provided heating fuel, and building materials, or simply provided shade from the summer heat. Almost a century and a half later, trees haven’t changed much in structure or appearance – but how we perceive and value trees has changed greatly.

Today, communities and individuals can easily access and apply science-based tools and techniques to demonstrate tree benefits and values including carbon sequestration and storage, stormwater interception, energy effects, air pollution reduction and related public health impacts, and more. Since 2006, the i-Tree suite of tools has been at the forefront of these efforts, enabling thousands of people to be more effective stewards and advocates of community trees and forests all over the world.

In the spirit of Arbor Day, we offer some of the ideas we’ve learned from you, the i-Tree users, for maximizing and leveraging a few i-Tree tools to build upon J. Sterling Morton’s vision to celebrate the value of trees today – and well into the future.  

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New i-Tree Reports Show Variety of Applied Uses 


Several new reports and a poster were recently added to the i-Tree Reports page. The reports illustrate the variety of applied uses of i-Tree tools from modeling the hydrological impacts of Asian longhorned beetle related tree loss in Worcester, MA to assessing the ecosystem services provided by park trees in the City of Unley, South Australia. Here are a few recent reports available,
  • Hydro model poster imageModeling Hydrological Ecosystem Services of Juvenile Trees in Worcester, MA
  • The Environmental Benefits of Trees on an Urban Campus (University of Pennsylvania)
  • The City of Atlantic Beach Florida's i-Tree Canopy Assessment
  • Tree Ecosystem Services Assessment, Ridge Park, City of Unley, South Australia
  • i-Tree Hydro Assessment Report for Amberwood Neighborhood in Dekalb County, GA
The reports were completed by a variety of users ranging from students, consultants and concerned citizens who demonstrated innovative uses of i-Tree Eco, Canopy and Hydro. The i-Tree Team sincerely thanks the project managers for their willingness to share their reports and we look forward to receiving and sharing more in the future. Please visit the i-Tree Reports webpage to see these reports and many more examples.

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Pennsylvania Horticultural Society's
Project Profile 

PHS Design layout


The flexible features of i-Tree Design are housed in a simple to use web-based interface providing creative ways for i-Tree users to use Design to demonstrate tree values. For example, the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS) used Design to estimate total benefits of $328,000 over 30 years for a public housing tree planting project. 

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i-Tree Development Update 

Eco report cover image
The i-Tree Development Team continues working on i-Tree Eco version 6. Issues identified during previous beta testing rounds are being resolved and we anticipate a new beta version will be available for testing in early May. A wider release is expected later in the Spring. The i-Tree Eco v6 application is undergoing a complete redesign and will offer many helpful updates and new features.

A recent Eco v6 preview webinar can be accessed from the "What's New" page for a preview of the new application expected soon.

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Upcoming i-Tree Online Webinars
 

Please join us for a monthly web-based instructional series that will introduce you to the latest urban forest assessment tools and updates available in the i-Tree software suite. The free series is offered by the Urban Natural Resources Institute (UNRI) and will be led by members of the i-Tree Team and other instructors. The sessions will feature demonstrations, presentations and discussion designed to help participants become familiar with the i-Tree tools and provide a foundation for further learning. Pre-registration is required to participate. Archived UNRI webinars can be accessed from the i-Tree Presentations page and future events can be viewed on the Workshops & Training page.
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