During the Conflux workshop we met some great folks from upper Manhattan. Basia and Michael have been organizing neighbors and business owners and stewarding trees around Montefiore Park for several years. Beginning on October 18th, we’ve been working together to bring TreeKit to their neighborhood, not only to map trees but as a community event to engage people in the long-term plan to close the road along the park and redesign the area. On the technical side, Jen and Shira have been deriving start and end points for the area between 133rd and 154th from Convent Avenue to Riverside Drive to update the form. The points as well as contextual information like building footprints and sidewalk edges are exported from ArcGIS as KMZ and added to the Google Map on our form.
This Saturday, join us for a general TreeKIT workshop as part of the Conflux festival! This is a great time for interested individuals to get a quick orientation and go out and map a couple blocks using our simple hand tools and online map-form. We especially designed this workshop for people who would like to bring TreeKIT back to their own areas of interest. Meet us at 9am this Saturday at St. Marks Church benches – East 10th at 2nd avenue. We’ll be going until noon.