Using High Tech To Track The Health Of Urban Forests

Digital technology plays a vital role in modern urban forest management.
October 10, 2003, 12pm PDT | Abhijeet Chavan | @legalaidtech
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"Rochester, NY — once called “the city in a forest” by one 19th century arborist — has about 65,000 curbside trees alone in its database, with others counted in city-managed parks. City crews cut down as many as 500 dead or unstable trees a year and plant more than that. The city inventory keeps track of likely new tree-planting sites, with as many as 10,000 candidate locations in the database now. The planting success rate is 97 percent, in part because of the efficiencies of computerized records."

Thanks to Stu Baker

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Published on Wednesday, October 8, 2003 in Rochester Democrat And Chronicle
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