[Talk-us] Municipal Tree Survey

Bryce Nesbitt bryce2 at obviously.com
Wed Sep 28 05:27:10 UTC 2016

Does your small city have a GIS system, or GIS specialist?  Best to
coordinate with what they're doing if possible.

On Mon, Sep 19, 2016 at 8:13 AM, Adam Old <adamold at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hello all, I am a fairly novice mapper, although I am learning quickly.
> This is my first post to talk-us, so let me know if this is the wrong place
> to ask these questions.
> I am currently sitting on a "Tree Board" in a small city in South Florida.
> One mandate of the board is to survey the existing tree canopy in an
> ongoing fashion and to provide recommendations for trimming, removal, or
> new plantings, to note diseases and damage, and to collect species
> information.
> I am a proponent of OpenStreetMap and crowdsourcing as much of the data
> collection as possible, as we are without much of a budget or staff. But I
> wonder whether this is an appropriate use for OSM, and if so, whether there
> are caveats or special things we should be thinking of. One of the other
> members of the board is an experienced GIS user, and he also likes the idea
> of using OSM.
> For the most part we would like to send people out using their mobile
> devices and an app like Go Map!! https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/go-map!!/
> id592990211?mt=8 or a paper survey form that we could then update OSM
> with. Hopefully this would introduce a good number of new people to OSM as
> mappers and/or users. We also were hoping to add some datapoints for the
> diameter_crown and height using LiDAR and aerial data. Any suggestions on
> this?
> There is some information that isn't standard for Tag:natural=tree that
> would be useful for us in this pursuit, for example whether the trees are
> damaged, need trimming, date of last trimming, etc. Maybe that is too
> specific to map and we shouldn't add that kind of data? If I were to add
> it, would I simply add my own tags? I would like to do this right.
> Also, is there a map view with diameter_crown displayed as the actual
> size?
> Also also, is there any thinking on differentiating between palm trees and
> other broadleaved trees? Seems like a worthwhile distinction, here in the
> tropics.
> Thanks!
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