A group of students from Roan State Community College (RSCC) recently inventoried more than 600 trees at twelve city-owned properties. They also produced a report for the Clinton Tree Board that includes maps and descriptions of each site that contains city-owned trees. Readers can find links to the report and the “tree map” at the end of this article.

Riley Sain, of the Clinton Tree Board, taught the RSCC GIS 230 class (Project Management) this spring and tasked the students with producing an inventory of the city’s park, street, and campus trees. Riley says: "These are basically trees that stand alone or are in planters. It doesn’t include trees in natural areas that are not maintained; however, we all mapped these areas as part of the project.”

The students mapped trees in the field using GIS, and then mapped them using ArcMap software. Sain adds that they hope to make the database available to the city for use in managing these trees. They also produced a report for the Tree Board that includes maps and descriptions of each site that contains city-owned trees. The report includes, as an Appendix, an I-Tree analysis of the environmental benefits of these city-owned trees. In addition. CLICK HERE to see a Google Map of the city’s trees.

This inventory will help the city achieve a “Growth Award” from the National Arbor Day Foundation, in addition to our basic Tree City recognition. 2019 marks the third year that Clinton has been recognized as a Tree City USA.

CLICK HERE to view or download the Community Forest Inventory Report.
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SEE THE INTERACTIVE TREE MAP
Some photos courtesy: darrylstair.com