Gallery: San Francisco Launches First Crowd-Sourced Tree Census


Last week the city of San Francisco announced the first-ever tree census. Joined by the California Department of Forestry and the local nonprofit Friends of the Urban Forest, the city unveiled Urban Forest Map, a website that will allow residents to enter their neighborhood trees in the urban count. (Press release: “Can you save a tree by logging it? Yes, if you ‘log’ it into the Urban Forest Map.“) Organizers hope the tool will spread to other cities, allowing for a national census of leafy Americans — a hope that’s reflected in the site’s use of open-source software.

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