Burnside launches interactive tree map
The City of Burnside in Adelaide has launched a new state-of-the-art online interactive tree map allowing on-demand access to information on the council’s more than 37,000 public street and park trees.
Urban Forest Interactive allows access to data on individual trees including name, height, circumference and tree identification number. Tree species are meanwhile colour coded.
The map, one of the first of its kind in Australia, is based on the council’s Geographical Information System (GIS) developed over the past four years to help manage its tree population. Data is routinely updated when new trees are planted or removed.
Burnside Council Coordinator for the Environment Ben Seamark said the website was developed in-house using the council’s own staff.
“We are one of only a number of cities in the world who have developed this. Others include the Cities of London, New York, Seattle and Melbourne. It takes static data and makes it dynamic, which then drives policy,” he said.
“This is just the beginning of an exciting initiative to help connect the community with their Urban Forest. An informed community helps us make informed decisions to better manage the Urban Forest.”
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