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The Cambridge Tree Map Provides Data on Blossoms and Pollen

"What does a city look like drawn in trees?" Cambridge, Massachusetts recently released an exhaustive database of all the trees on public property around the city.

The Boston Globe shares insights into the data contained in the Camridge Tree Map. For instance, "[the] most common are maple, honeylocust, and oak, with a healthy scattering of ornamental fruit and berry trees." The article includes a very colorful map, among other infographics, of the "density of blossoms" around the city.

"The map doesn’t include every tree in the city: It skips the many in private yards and on university property. But what remains is an intriguing snapshot of how a bird, a bee, or an ambitious grain of pollen might experience the city."

The database, released to the public in April, follows a seven-year effort by the Cambridge Department of Public Works.

Full Story: A tree map of Cambridge

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