Help Count How Many Street Trees Are in NYC

Posted On Wed, June 17, 2015 By

Posted On Wed, June 17, 2015 By In City Living, maps

Just a couple of months ago, we shared a fun map that lets users explore New York City’s 592,130 street trees by species and trunk thickness. Brooklyn web developer Jill Hubley used data from the 2005-2006 Street Tree Census to create the map, but a lot of trees have come and gone in the past nine years. This time around, the Parks Department is crowdsourcing to count the city’s street trees as part of its Trees Count! 2015 project. As Brooklyn Magazine reports, “Participants will be armed like park rangers, walking around different neighborhoods with tree identification guides and tape measures, recording data that will eventually trickle into an interactive map that encompasses all five boroughs.”

Fort Greene, NYC street treesStreet trees in Fort Greene via CityRealty

The data doesn’t include trees in parks and private land, as it’s considered unreliable, so the street trees actually account for only 25 percent of the city’s total fauna. So far, 22,609 trees accounting for 130 species on 4,153 blocks have been mapped, making the project 3.2 percent complete. The progress is tracked on this interactive map, and when you zoom in, you can see exactly what blocks have been accounted for. You can also search for a specific address. If you want to help with the project, sign up to volunteer here.

[Via BK Mag]


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