On March 1, Seattle Audubon will officially launch the Seattle Tree Map, a website that allows users to contribute to urban forest monitoring and conservation through a shared inventory of our city's trees. The Seattle Tree Map is part of Canopy Connections, a project by Seattle Audubon to document, map, and enhance Seattle’s urban forest habitat for birds and nature.
Curious about how many Douglas Firs are in your neighborhood? Or the number of trees in the city with a trunk diameter greater than 24"? Search functions allow you to find the exact trees your looking for, or filter results based on tree height, date of planting, plot type, tree health, and more. Users can edit data to account for missing or outdated information, upload photos to tree profiles, "favorite" the trees they like, set alerts (this tree needs to be watered!) and add comments.A tree's environmental benefits—like how much carbon dioxide the Red Maple in your front yard sequesters every year—is automatically displayed in the Eco Impact data. Add your tree to the database, and the Seattle Tree Map will tell you the tree's water, energy, and air quality benefits, including the dollar value of each.
“We believe there is a great opportunity for the Seattle Tree Map to educate and engage Seattle’s citizens to care for their urban forest habitat. Whether you have a particular interest in the trees themselves, the birds that rely on them, or mitigating climate change, there is no escaping the importance of our urban forest to the health and happiness of our region.”— Brian Windrope, Seattle Audubon Executive Director
As urban development moves further out into the countryside, the urban forest becomes ever more critical. All of us benefit from these urban trees, but none more so than the birds that depend on them for food and shelter. On March 1, be sure to visit www.SeattleTreeMap.org to get started!
For more information about the Seattle Tree Map, please visit www.seattleaudubon.org or contact Seattle Audubon by emailing Info@SeattleAudubon.org or calling 206-523-8243.
More about Seattle Audubon Society
Seattle Audubon cultivates and leads a community that values and protects birds and the natural environment. Since 1916, Seattle Audubon has led the conservation community through education, advocacy, and citizen science.
The Seattle Tree Map is made possible by Seattle Audubon Society with generous support from the Bullitt Foundation, Horizons Foundation, and Washington State Department of Natural Resources, utilizing software from OpenTreeMap by Azavea.