City Conducting Tree Canopy Analysis

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The City of Tampa Parks and Recreation Department is currently conducting a tree canopy analysis. Using satellite imagery, researchers will measure and assess the condition of the city's urban forest as well as the social and economic benefits provided by trees. Survey crews will also be collecting field data from sample sites to verify the satellite imagery. The survey crews will need to obtain the owner's permission before entering the property.

The survey crews are from the University of Florida. The crews will be wearing orange safety vests and will have a visible University identification as well as a letter from the City of Tampa. Properties will not be entered to collect data without the owner's authorization. It will take the survey crew about a half hour to record the sizes and kinds of trees and other vegetation within the one-tenth acre sample plot. The site will be left as found. If approached, property owners are encouraged to ask for identification. Survey crews will be collecting the data from selected sample sites through June 30, 2011.

A tree canopy analysis is a study of where trees are located within an area and how much area the tree canopy covers. The tree canopy analysis will identify the extent of the existing tree canopy, identify the potential for new tree plantings, and provide a baseline to monitor the tree canopy coverage. The City of Tampa has partnered with the Tampa Bay Watershed-Forest Working Group, a consortium that includes the University of South Florida and the University of Florida on the project.

Questions or concerns about the project should be directed to Kathy Beck, Natural Resource Coordinator, City of Tampa Parks and Recreation Department, 274-5164.