The Nuts & Bolts of Inventorying Trees

on Thursday, June 3, 2021
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1:00 PM (EST) – TO 4:00 PM (EST)


The Nuts & Bolts of Inventorying Trees

This Muni Mini session is about the logistics and technicalities of tree inventories and is designed for staff and/or volunteers that are new to urban forestry and want to learn the basics of tree inventories. Presentations will cover inventory requirements and objectives, data collection devices and tools, gadgets and techniques that streamline the inventory process. Speakers will discuss what information to collect, what to leave out and how much time is actually spent on individual trees. Attendees will gain insight on how long an overall inventory should take, how to budget for an inventory and what to do with the data once an inventory is completed.

1:00 PM Opening Remarks

1:05 PM Tree Inventories- Starting Off on the Right Foot Presented by Tim Crothers, West Coast Arborists, Inc.

Data collection for new tree inventories or inventory updates for thousands of trees can seem like a dauting task. In this presentation we will discuss ideal characteristics of a data collector. We will show how the detailed inventory that they will collect will be used including the environmental value, budgeting and making work lists, and how the inventory will be used by field staff. We will also describe the typical equipment used by data collectors in the field. Participants will be given an introduction to the ISA best management practices that will aid the beginner in data collection, and the reasons to maintain a clean inventory. At the end of this session participants should have a better understanding of how to articulate the importance of collecting an inventory well so that it can be a useful product for urban forest managers.

1:55 PM Break

2:00 PM Sponsor Presentation Presented by Evan Sims, Director of TreePlotter™ Sales

Learn details of the TreePlotter™ inventory program and how it works. This presentation will show the various features of the program such as collecting data for tree risk assessments, tree protection zones, prune cycles and frequencies. Learn how you can manage and export your data to create custom reports for clients.


3:00 PM The Why and How of Tree Inventories Presented by Sophia Rodbell, Davey Resource Group

Attendees will learn how to develop work specifications, who should do the inventory and how it should be performed. The session will give insight on budgeting for an inventory, what can add to more costs and where you can cut costs without sacrificing quality. The session will also cover data use, what format it should be presented in and how accessible are you going to make it to the public. Participants will be given an introduction to different pathways for collecting field data. At the end of this session participants should have a better understanding of how to build the scope of work for an inventory and budget accordingly based on the chosen workforce.

3:45 PM Q & A with speakers

 Registration Fee $39. CEUs available.



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