Tools for Assessing Tree Benefits

BenningtonThe following websites and software options are available for community use to assess the benefits their urban forests are providing them and to identify potential areas of improvement. Not only are these resources helpful for general maintainance and inventory purposes, but the information obtained can also inform community budget and policy discussions.

National Tree Benefit Calculator This tool "allows anyone to make a simple estimation of the benefits individual street-side trees provide."

i-Tree Suite i-Tree is a state-of-the-art, peer-reviewed software suite from the USDA Forest Service that provides urban forestry analysis and benefits assessment tools.

Urban Forest Assessments Resource Guide This document contains links to a plethora of online tools that help determine qualities like inventory data and canopy assessment.

Urban Tree Canopy Assessment "Helps decision makers understand their urban forest resources, particularly the amount of tree canopy that currently exists and the amount that could exist."

InVest "InVEST (Integrated Valuation of Environmental Services and Tradeoffs) is a suite of software models used to map and value the goods and services from nature that sustain and fulfill human life."

 

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