Authors: Jamie Frank, Parks and Recreation Department, City of O’Fallon, Illinois, Shunfu Hu*, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
Topics: Geographic Information Science and Systems, Applied Geography, Environment
Keywords: Urban Tree Inventory, Schema, GIS
Session Type: Poster
Start / End Time: 1:20 PM / 3:00 PM
Room: Napoleon Foyer/Common St. Corridor, Sheraton, 3rd Floor
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The urban forest is a vital component of vibrant and sustainable communities. Urban trees provide a whole host of benefits that include environmental, economic, community, and aesthetic values. A sustainable and healthy urban forest assists with storm water mitigation, shades buildings, beautifies neighborhoods, increases property values, positively impacts human health, and encourages outdoor activities. An urban tree inventory is a vital component in the management of this natural resource, including but not limited to, locations, species, ownership, health conditions. This paper presents a methodology for the design and development of an urban tree inventory schema in a GIS environment. This GIS-based schema has been tested in O’Fallon Family Sports Park in City of O’Fallon, Illinois and can be used in any park, community, or city for effective management of the urban forest.