Frank Hebbert, one of TreeKIT’s advisors, had the idea to organize a special workshop to evaluate our field mapping protocol. By sending out multiple teams to measure the same block, we could compare the variation in the results. PlanningCorps, an informal collective of skilled urbanists, stepped forward to help us with this effort. On August 28th, approximately 14 people met at Prospect Heights Community Farms, split into four teams, and set out to map the block bordered by Prospect Place, Underhill, Park Place, and Vanderbuilt. Landscape architect Michael Cluer was there to teach tree ID, and several members of PlanningCorps that were graduates of Cornell also brought their tree ID skills to bear.
The TreeKIT team sends a big thank you to PlanningCorps and Michael Cluer!
We will be evaluating the results over the next few weeks and will keep you posted.