Arlington County’s Urban Foresters are performing a study on the value of our community’s trees. The county is using the U.S. Forest Service program iTree Eco to assess the value of our urban forest. This baseline data can be used for making effective resource management decisions, support effective policy and set planting and preservation priorities.
This program uses random sampling of 201 plots throughout the county, on public and private land, to best reflect the composition of our natural environment. Urban Forestry staff and volunteers will be going out this year from April through October to capture information. The study requires data on tree location, size, and health, as well as proximity to buildings, and other information.
i-Tree Eco is a software application designed to use field data from complete inventories or randomly located plots throughout a community along with local hourly air pollution and meteorological data to quantify urban forest structure, environmental effects, and value to communities.
Update: All plots were inventoried by 10/11/2016. Data processing is next.