On Monday, September 23, 2013 from 2:00-4:00 pm at the Kiwanis Aquatic Center – 425 Carlton Street, St. Catharines – there will be a presentation concerning the TreeOcode Niagara Project. This is a project that is currently being undertaken jointly between Geospatial Niagara, Public Service Request and Software Niagara.
The TreeOcode project, as noted in the other posting, is a volunteer led initiative to crowd source the collection of tree data in order to create a community managed, open and comprehensive Urban Forest Inventory for the whole of Niagara. Urban forest canopy (the green infrastructure) is increasingly considered a tremendously valuable asset that should be invested in, every bit as important as roads, sewers, water mains or other infrastructure.
Data collected will be used to calculate the environmental benefits of the urban forest canopy such as Greenhouse gas benefits (kg of CO2 captured/reduced), Water benefits (litres of storm water runoff captured), Energy benefits (Kwh conserved) and Air quality benefits (kg of pollutants reduced). Each of these benefits will include a monetary value so the cost savings are visible.
Other benefits of the data can include canopy analysis, maintenance and enhancement planning, biodiversity analysis, disease analysis, and documentation of heritage or dedicated trees within a community. Ongoing health of the trees can also be recorded.
The benefits do not end there however. There are also educational benefits to students and the broader community through stewardship activities and engagement. Potential careers are spotlighted including arboriculture, geography, geospatial technologies, environmental careers, data-base management and planning. This is a great way to get students, schools and entire neighbourhoods involved in their community
We look forward to your participation in this endeavour and hope to see you there. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org