Analyze the urban forest in Poughkeepsie using i-Tree

Building off of previous work mapping habitats and land cover in the City of Poughkeepsie Natural Resource Inventory, a worthwhile future project for the City of Poughkeepsie would be to use i-Tree to analyze the current canopy cover. This would dovetail nicely with the current City tree inventory that focuses on street and park trees. To accurately analyze canopy cover of all trees in the City of Poughkeepsie we suggest plotting enough points in i-Tree to sufficiently account for the average parcel size and total number of parcels in city limits, resulting in about 11,500 points. i-Tree is simple to use and we feel this is a feasible goal if ample time can be devoted to it, perhaps through the help of local college interns. This analysis would provide a real world reference for understanding the presence and frequency of canopy cover in the urban environment to inform management of the urban forest. Interested students should contact Jennifer Rubbo at the Environmental Cooperative at Vassar Barns for more information.