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Guest Post: A Database of Every Tree in Iowa City

February 4, 2019
 

Land Trust Alliance Blog: Right Antidote, Right Time

Did you know there is now a database of every tree in Iowa City, which gives information on the tree species, location, size, and environmental benefit? This information was published on Iowa Environmental Focus by Kasey Dresser.

This month Iowa City published a data base of the 49,863 trees it maintains. On the interactive website, the trees are assessed on location, size, species and environmental benefit. Residents can engage with the website and search specific neighborhoods to find trees in your area.

Iowa City Parks and Recreation Department, Director Juli Seydell Johnson said, “The main benefit for residents is they can see the information that we have. For us, it’s about planning. We want to have diverse tree canopy in the city.”

A data base of the trees also tracks the environmental impact. Right now, Iowa City trees save $455,600 in energy and $221,000 in air quality. The trees also avoid more than 10 million pounds of carbon pollution and 55 million gallons of stormwater runoff.

If you’re interested to learn about the trees in your neighborhood, the data base can be found here.

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Tammy Wright

I'm a native Iowan with a passion for land conservation. I'm also a strong advocate for veteran issues and a dedicated volunteer outside of my Executive Director role at Bur Oak Land Trust. I love my job, nature, wildlife, and the people that make it so great to be a part of this wonderful organization!

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3 responses to “Guest Post: A Database of Every Tree in Iowa City”

  1. Bob Roelf says:

    I wonder why the City plants berry producing trees next to public sidewalks. The berries fall to the sidewalks and are crushed by walkers. This makes very wide dark stains on the sidewalk and the juice may get tracked into homes. It’s a mess.

  2. Geoffrey Lauer says:

    This is AWESOME!

  3. Bob Roelf says:

    Actually it’s trivial compared to the value and scope of the database. But, it’s a legitimate question.

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