The Pennsylvania Urban & Community Forestry Council is hosting a two-day workshop designed to introduce participants to i-Tree Tools, a state-of-the-art, peer-reviewed software suite that provides urban forestry analysis and benefits assessment tools. Participants will receive hands-on training using data collectors, computers, and i-Tree software. The primary focus of the workshop will be i-Tree Streets, which is one component of i-Tree Tools, and includes a great new pest detection module that is the latest addition to this suite of software from the USDA Forest Service.
The workshop is being held August 16-17 at Penn State Lehigh Valley in Center Valley, PA and August 20-21 at Penn State New Kensington, New Kensington, PA.
Who should attend? Municipal foresters, shade tree commissions, environmental advisory councils, planners, and other representatives from communities of all sizes; forestry agencies; commercial arborists; environmental consultants; and nonprofit tree advocates.
Inventories of street and park trees are crucial for management, public relations, and reducing community liability, and a tree inventory is an important part of developing a sustainable tree program. An inventory can provide information for the planning, design, planting, maintenance, and removal of community trees. An inventory can provide useful information that can help justify starting a tree program or maintain the existing tree program’s budget, and it can also reduce a municipality’s liability by locating high risk trees that have the potential to fail. It can identify insect or disease problems, and future planting spaces. Today, inventories can quantify the ecological services that trees provide to the community–such as reducing storm water runoff, removing air pollutants, reducing energy use, or increasing property values.
For more information and to register before August 10, please click here.