By Dan Buckler, DNR Urban Forest Assessment Specialist, Madison, firstname.lastname@example.org or 608-445-4578
The United States features a diverse yet complex group of people and locations. The U.S. Census Bureau regularly undertakes an attempt to catalog those people and places.
Likewise, many communities and organizations survey the trees they manage to better understand and maintain their urban forest.
While conducting an inventory, surveyors note each tree’s location, species, size and health condition, and some communities collect even more information. These inventories help communities understand the composition of their forest, identify trees of concern, locate planting sites and communicate the value of this vital resource.