Philadelphia now has a complete digital record of the city’s street trees

August 16 - 2016

Philadelphia has hundreds of thousands of trees, but it has never had a comprehensive inventory of its street trees—until now.

Philadelphia Parks and Recreation now has a complete digital record of the city’s street trees, achieved by using a custom-capture street view tool developed by the technology company CycloMedia

After all the streets in Philadelphia were captured using the technology, GIS technicians Tom McKeon and Stuart Olshevski virtually traveled down every street and dropped pins marking the location of each tree. The result is an inventory of nearly 112,000 street trees with geolocation data, which means street trees are now represented in a new layer of geographic information that can be mapped and analyzed. (Forest trees make up the other thousands of trees in Philadelphia, but it’s nearly impossible to accurately inventory them.) Information about the health and species of street trees is also being recorded.

Please read a the full article about this project here.

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