The management and maintenance of trees have proven to be important in strengthening the quality of living in urban spaces. Optimal tree density and distribution is a vital aspect of many urban planning projects, as trees have an assortment of benefits on people and the environment.
When conducting field work on trees, research or workflow can repeatedly become interrupted by unproductive tools and poorly managed visualization of the gathered data. Thus, many methods for dealing with extensive tree data require some level of optimization.
AssetAlly can assist you with managing your community's trees using the tree inventory tool! This tool let's you easily track and schedule pruning or treatment efforts, justify budgets, and advocate for the value of your community's trees.
One client that is benefiting from AssetAlly's tree inventory tool is the Village of Brown Deer.
VIllage of Brown Deer: Tree Maintenance Success Story
The Village of Brown Deer contacted R/M for assistance in developing an urban forestry project that would be strong enough to meet the application needs of the DNR's Urban Forestry Grant. Three main goals were identified.
- Updating the Village's tree inventory using GIS.
- Applying Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) treatments to their Ash tree population to combat the increased presence of EAB.
- Identifying the existing tree canopy coverage throughout the Village.
With these goals in mind and the potential grant funding assistance, R/M partnered with Wachtel Tree Science for their professional expertise.
R/M organized a meeting with the Village and Wachtel to devise a plan so the two firms could divide and conquer these goals for the 2017 Urban Forestry Grant Project. Wachtel worked with the Village on handling the inventory collection of all publicly-owned trees as well as conducting the EAB injections. R/M's role in the project was to write the grant application, use LiDAR imagery to calculate canopy coverage for all trees within Village limits, and implement AssetAlly's Tree Inventory Tool.
After Wachtel finished the inventory, R/M processed and incorporated the data into the Village's AssetAlly application. With the data residing in AssetAlly, the Village can track and manage their tree population from any device that has internet connection. The tree data is also backed-up to AssetAlly's Cloud Storage, allowing for secure storage and ample amounts of storage space.
The Village of Brown Deer is just one of many communities successfully managing their trees in AssetAlly. Contact one of our experts to learn more about how you can benefit from AssetAlly's Tree Tool!