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Tuesday, May 14 • 4:30pm - 5:00pm
PRESENTATION: Using GIS to Evaluate Tree Canopy Loss in the City of Cambridge

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AUTHORS: Jeff Amero, City of Cambridge

ABSTRACT: The City of Cambridge has been experiencing a significant loss of tree canopy over the past 10 years. Reports to the City by consultants have led to a tree protection ordinance which requires all private landowners to obtain a permit to cut down a tree, a creation of an Urban Forestry Master Plan and a citizen task force to create a strategic plan to evaluate, maintain and expand the City's urban forest canopy. This presentation will look at the role of spatial datasets, GIS based software and analysis using several techniques including interpretation of LiDAR data, raster analysis, 3D shadow studies, and tree inventories using an asset management system. We will also look at how both information and misinformation has played a role in the decision-making process.

Tuesday May 14, 2019 4:30pm - 5:00pm EDT