New York: city has street trees all cataloged

In the space of eight years and with the MillionTrees NYC project, a total of 1 million trees were planted in New York. The city continues to invest in a greener environment and other programs for environmental and population well-being have gained prominence.

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One of such projects is TreesCount!, which since 2015 catalogs all the trees found on the streets of the city. It all began when the program brought together 2,300 willing volunteers to learn more about New York trees, collecting information about the state they were in, the care they needed, the diameter of the tree trunk, and the importance of the neighborhood.

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Accompanied by trained instructors, volunteers walked the streets of New York’s five boroughs (Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, and Staten Island). In these walks, they learned about the typologies and the main characteristics of the species, helping to create a database on the urban vegetation of the city.

During the work, the collaborators inserted an identification number in each tree. In addition, similar species, from a list of 210 registered, received similar colors, assisting in cataloging the type of tree prevalent in each region.

Complete and interactive map

The result of this fieldwork is a detailed survey that mapped all the trees in the city and can be accessed on the New York City Street Tree Map. Currently, the cadastre has a further 685,700 trees registered.

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In addition to getting to know the Big Apple urban vegetation better and to check out the most common species of a certain neighborhood, the user will know the ecological and economic benefits of each one. Through the interactive map, it is possible to choose any tree and discover how many liters of water it absorbs per year, the expenses it avoids to the municipality, by reducing the presence of pollutant gases, and even to estimate how many kWh of electric energy they can conserve.

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It is important to note that the data are calculated by the United States Forest Service, which estimates the dollar value of all the ecological benefits of a tree. According to the institution, these vegetations retain 1 billion gallons of water caused by rains and storms and help save $ 10.8 million in repairing river damage and flood-related problems.

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source: Blog da Arquitetura

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