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New York maps all its trees and calculates the economic benefit of each one

New York maps all its trees and calculates the economic benefit of each one

In recent years, this institution has been in charge of creating new programs so that children, youth and adults are aware of the importance of caring for their urban landscape.

One of these programs is TreesCount! that in 2015 summoned 2,300 volunteers to learn which trees are in their environment, what state they are in, what care they need, what are their measures, how they benefit their nearby population, etc.

For months they went out to walk the streets of the five counties together with a group of monitors who previously trained them so that they knew which trees they were studying and their characteristics.

Now the information from these walks, which gave rise to an urban forest survey, is available in a New York City Tree Map, where anyone can review statistics on each of the 685,781 surveyed trees, a calendar of activities related to caring for trees, the total number of species and knowing which is the most common in your neighborhood.

Regarding the data for each tree, no details were left out, starting from the fact that each one was assigned a unique identification number or ID, along with giving it a color depending on its species. In addition, it has its exact location accompanied by its corresponding image in Google Street View, the possibility of warning about a problem that it presents and a summary of the ecological benefits translated into an economic value for each one.

The latter means that by choosing a tree on the map, you can see the amount of rainwater it retains each year (expressed in gallons) and the money that this specimen avoids being spent each year. The same is estimated with the electrical energy that can be conserved, calculated in kilowatt hours (kWh), and the reduction of polluting gases.

All these are formulated according to the figures of the United States Forest Service that allow estimating a total of the ecological benefits that a tree gives in dollars. In the case of the tree in the image below, it has a benefit to its population that amounts to just over US $ 500 per year.

If you want to navigate the map, click here.

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