by David Jonas Bardin
You can now go to one web site to find a set of maps (and map layers) showing individual street trees in your neighborhood, where trees are to be planted, where they will be removed, tree species, and much more. It’s a fabulous step forward, in my judgment.
DDOT’s Urban Forestry Administration (UFA) is responsible for establishing and maintaining a full population of street trees, and it created this site via ArcGIS.com.
“We track all of our tree operations and services for our own understanding,” says UFA Supervisory Arborist Earl Eutsler. “And we want to share our efforts with the public – so UFA has created a suite of online mapping applications for public consumption.”
The interactive maps let you click on a tree, or street light, or empty tree box for further information.
The following screenshot of a zoomed-in city-wide map shows every street tree and street lamp at the Windom Place “hub,” but lumps all wooded area trees together.
Current posts on UFA’s Map Gallery include the following items, which I invite you to try out.
ANC 3F Commissioners Sally W. Gresham and Mary Beth Ray and I have worked with Mr. Eutsler to identify neighborhood data priorities as UFA developed user-friendly ways to share information. UFA welcomes comments and suggestions for improvement.