May 5, 2010

Log-in to save the urban forest

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Source: Urban Forest Map Press Kit
Log-in a tree to save it. Sounds like an oxymoron, right? But look carefully at the spelling: it's log-in not logging. The Urban Forest Map project is asking San Franciscans to
add information about specific trees to the Urban Forest Map, such as their location, species, size, and health. That data can then be used by urban foresters and city planners to better manage trees in specific areas, track and combat tree pests and diseases, and plan future tree plantings. Climatologists can use it to better understand the effects of urban forests on climates, and students can use it to learn about the role trees play in the urban ecosystem.
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Source: Urban Forest Map Press Kit
The project is a partnership of the Friends of the Urban Forest, the City of San Francisco, and the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal FIRE) and is staffed by Amber Bieg and Kelaine Vargas.

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