CJ records location, tree species, and condition for a tree on Newington Ave. (4/16/13)
In 2008, a group of neighbors (who would go on to form the RHIC Green Team) wanted to find out how many trees we had in Reservoir Hill. They used paper and pencil to come up with a total number (965) and produced maps showing the locations of trees, stumps, and empty pits. At the same time, Reservoir Hill committed to matching Tree Baltimore's goal for doubling Baltimore's tree canopy by 2036.
2008 Reservoir Hill tree survey
Since 2009, we've been trying to figure out a more systematic approach to creating a record for every tree planted . It has taken many years and many more volunteers, but we are very excited to share with you the most recent map showing all 346 trees planted in the last 4 years. For those of you counting at home, that means that in just 4 years we are approximately 35% of the way to our 28-year goal of doubling our tree canopy!
Stephen, Nurisha, and Paul enter tree location data at the RHIC office (6/29/12)
We're still trying to figure out how to fully embed the map onto the blog so that you can click on each dot and see the tree details (including year planted, photo, condition, latitude and longitude coordinates, and tree species). For now, you'll have to click on the hyperlinked image below, and that will take you straight to the fully interactive map!
Red: Trees planted in 2009
Yellow: Trees planted in 2010
Blue: Trees planted in 2011
Purple: Trees planted in 2012
In addition to the pretty colors, this map is extremely helpful for evaluating both current and future tree maintenance and planting priorities. For example, by clicking on the map and choosing the "Filter" tab and then "Condition" check box, you can immediately find that of the 346 trees, 328 are in good or fair condition, while only only 6 are in poor condition and only 12 have died! For city neighborhoods like Reservoir Hill, where trees have to contend with poor soil, small tree pits, and summer droughts (not to mention pesky humans and pets!), a tree survival rate of 97% is fantastic!
Likewise, you can click on the "Filter" tab and then the "Tree species" check box to see that we've planted a lot (49 to be exact) of American Elm trees recently. The tree map continues to be a work in progress, so follow us as we update our 2013 tree plantings!
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