Public Tree Inventories

  • Hinesburg Public Tree Inventory under the Care of the Urban Forest Project

VT UCF's public tree inventory approach and tool have been developed to engage citizens in the care and management of their trees and forests, and help them to identify, prioritize, and take action on the management needs identified in their inventory.  Our Vermont Tree Inventory Guide highlights benefits of trees and types of tree inventories appropriate for VT communities.  

Since 2013, the majority of VT UCF's tree inventory support of Vermont communities has fallen under two initiatives: the Care of the Urban Forest Project and ash inventories for community preparedness for the emerald ash borer.  The Care of the Urban Forest Project wrapped up in 2016 and we are now continuing to support public tree inventories in Vermont to additional communities on a request basis (first-come, first-served).   

Our state-supported public tree inventory tool utilizes the ArcGIS Collector application and is supported by the GIS team at the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources.  As of early 2017, over 17,500 public trees in 29 Vermont cities, towns, and villages have been inventoried.  All inventory data can be viewed by the public on the Agency of Natural Resources' online Atlas tool (click here for viewing instructions).  

If you are interested in collaborating with us on a public tree inventory, please contact Elise Schadler.  

The Care of the Urban Forest Project

In 2012, VT UCF received a multi-year grant from the USDA Forest Service to assist twenty priority VT communities in completing a public tree inventory, developing a management plan or strategic action plan based on the results of the inventory, and training municipal staff in tree care practices.  Funding from this grant has allowed the VT UCF program to work with the Agency of Natural Resources' (ANR) GIS team to develop an innovative, map-based data collection program for tree-by-tree inventories.  Data collected through the program are available as an urban tree layer on ANR's Atlas online mapping tool.

VT UCF has worked with citizen volunteers, municipal officials, State Lands Foresters from the VT Department of Forests, Parks, & Recreation, and interns from the University of Vermont to collect, assess, and report on inventory projects. 

Completed Care of the Urban Forest Project Inventory Reports

Colchester (2012-2013)
Essex Junction (2013-2014)
Winooski (2014) and Winooski Update (2015)
Shelburne (2014)
Northfield (2014)
Swanton (2014)
Johnson (2014)
Vergennes (2014)
Middlebury (2014) and Inventory Update (2016)
Bristol (2014)
Hinesburg (2015)
Milton (2015)
Rockingham (2015)
Springfield (2015)
Lyndonville (2015)
St. Albans City (2015)
Brattleboro (2015)
Barre City (2015)
Newport City (2016)

Additional Public Tree Inventory Reports

Plainfield (2015)
Chester (2016)
Stowe Village (2016)
Waterbury Village (2016)
Windsor (2016)
Charlotte (2016)
Hyde Park (2017)

How to View Tree Data on VT Agency of Natural Resource's Atlas Tool

  •     Using Explorer of Safari (Chrome does not work) go to the Agency of Natural Resource's Atlas Tool
  •     Zoom in to a town whose public trees have been inventoried using our tool; the layer won't show up until zoomed in pretty close.
  •     In the pane on the left of the screen click for the "map layers" tab at the bottom.
  •     Expand the "Forests, Parks, & Recreation" heading.
  •     Click on "Urban Tree Inventory" and the trees should all show up. 
  •     Zoom in and right-click on any individual tree and click on "What's here";  a summary for that tree will show in the left pane of your screen
    • Click on the summary data for the tree in the left pane and a new window will open with all of the data collected on that tree. 
    •  There are three tabs "Details", "Attributes", and - if a photo was taken - "Attachments".