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Credit: USDA

Credit: USDA

What resources and data are available to you for your urban forest assessment?

Determining your resources ahead of time will help determine which tools to use. Although some assessment tools are available for free, there are often costs involved in conducting an urban forest assessment, such as staff time, software, data collection or digital imagery. Sometimes, technical expertise might be required to process and analyze the data. To help with funding needs, you might want to look into partnering with city, state or federal entities to acquire grants or share the costs of an assessment.

Another important factor to help determine costs is to consider how much data you already have and how much you still need to collect. For instance, do you already have an up-to-date tree inventory? Once you know what you already have to work with, you’ll be better equipped to choose the type of approach you want to use for your assessment.

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