Forest Ecosystem Monitoring Cooperative

Burlington Urban Forest Monitoring Using i-Tree Eco: Burlington i-Tree Plot Information

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Metadata Provider

  • Forest Ecosystem Monitoring Cooperative

    • Address:
      705 Spear Street
      South Burlington, Vermont 05403
      United States of America

      Phone: (802) 656-2975
      Email: femc@uvm.edu
      Website: www.uvm.edu/femc

Abstract

    Yearly monitoring of the urban forest in Burlington, VT, using 200 permanent, randomly selected plots and the USDA Forest Service i-Tree Eco methodology. Data collected and analyzed by i-Tree Eco provide information on the relative abundance and importance of tree species, land use characteristics, net carbon sequestration, effects on energy use, carbon emissions, and other information useful for valuing and managing Burlington’s urban forest. Plots are regularly resurveyed to monitor for changes in condition and forest health.

People

  • Carl Waite: Principal Investigator

  • Lawrence Forcier: Content Provider

  • James Duncan: Principal Investigator

  • Aswini Cherukuri: Content Provider

  • Emily Van Wagoner: Content Provider

  • John Truong: Principal Investigator

Keywords

  • coordinates, locations, permanent plots,

Geographic Coverage

  • Coordinates
    • -73.2732693439999, 44.44596369
    • -73.1809821919999, 44.44596369
    • -73.1809821919999, 44.53696341
    • -73.2732693439999, 44.53696341
    • -73.2732693439999, 44.44596369
  • Coordinate System

Data Table

  • Title: Burlington i-Tree Plot Information
  • Start Date: 2011-08-31
  • Description: Burlington i-Tree Eco monitoring plot locations and information

  • Purpose: Document Burlington i-Tree Eco monitoring plots

  • Condensed Title: Z0334_iTreePlotInformation

  • Object Name: VMC.334.376

  • Data Type: mySQL
  • Citation: Duncan, J., J. Truong, and C. Waite. 2017. Burlington i-Tree Plot Information. University of Vermont. FEMC. Can be found at: https://www.uvm.edu/femc/data/archive/project/burlington-urban-forest-monitoring-using-i/dataset/burlington-i-tree-plot-information

  • Online Distribution: https://www.uvm.edu/femc/data/archive/project/burlington-urban-forest-monitoring-using-i/dataset/burlington-i-tree-plot-information

Attribute List

    Attribute Name: LocationName
    • Label: Location Name
    • Description: Name of sample/inventory location (e.g., city name)
    • Storage Type: text
    • Measurment Type: nominal
    Attribute Name: Series
    • Label: Project Series
    • Description: Description of project
    • Storage Type: text
    • Measurment Type: nominal
    Attribute Name: Year
    • Label: Year
    • Description: Year of data collection
    • Storage Type: int
    • Measurment Type: datetime
    Attribute Name: PlotID
    • Label: Plot ID Number
    • Description: Plot number
    • Storage Type: int
    • Measurment Type: nominal
    Attribute Name: PlotAddress
    • Label: Address of plot
    • Description: Address of Plot center or other information detailing location (e.g., Prospect Park)
    • Storage Type: text
    • Measurment Type: nominal
    • String Format: YYYY
    Attribute Name: XCoordinate
    • Label: GPS Coordinate (X)
    • Description: GIS coordinate X
    • Storage Type: decimal
    • Measurment Type: ratio
    • Standard Unit: degree
    • Precision: 0.00001
    • Unit: degree
    • Number Type: real
      • Bounds:
      • Minimum: -180
      • Maximum: 180
    Attribute Name: YCoordinate
    • Label: GPS Coordinate (Y)
    • Description: GIS coordinates Y
    • Storage Type: decimal
    • Measurment Type: ratio
    • Standard Unit: degree
    • Precision: 0.00001
    • Unit: degree
    • Number Type: real
      • Bounds:
      • Minimum: -90
      • Maximum: 90
    Attribute Name: MapLandUseTypeID
    • Label: Land Use on Map ID
    • Description: Land use on map
    • Storage Type: int
    • Measurment Type: nominal
    • Custom List: i-Tree Series Name
      • Code: 1
        • Definition: Single Strata
    Attribute Name: Date
    • Label: Date
    • Description: date
    • Storage Type: datetime
    • Measurment Type: datetime
    • String Format: YYYY-MM-DD
    Attribute Name: Crew
    • Label: Crew
    • Description: Crew ID
    • Storage Type: text
    • Measurment Type: nominal
    Attribute Name: Comments
    • Label: Plot Comments
    • Description: Comments
    • Storage Type: text
    • Measurment Type: nominal
    Attribute Name: Directions
    • Label: Directions to plot
    • Description: Description of how to get to the plot
    • Storage Type: text
    • Measurment Type: nominal
    Attribute Name: ContactInfo
    • Label: contact information
    • Description: Contact Information
    • Storage Type: text
    • Measurment Type: nominal
    Attribute Name: Revision
    • Label: Plot revision number
    • Description: The revision number for the plot.
    • Storage Type: text
    • Measurment Type: nominal

Methods

  • Current Methods
    • Random plot location
      • Started: 2011-08-31
      • Method Description: 200 randomly-located 0.1 acre plots were established within Burlington
      • Software: ArcGIS 10.0, i-Tree Eco

    • Identify service learning plots
      • Started: 2011-08-31
      • Method Description: A subset of plots are measured by students in UVM's Natural History and Field Ecology course as a service learning project

    • Setting reference objects
      • Started: 2011-08-31
      • Method Description: The plot center is rigorously identified using physical reference objects to allow surveyors to revisit these plots in the future and track changes over time.

    • Identify and measure trees
      • Started: 2011-08-31
      • Method Description: Each tree in the plot is identified at least to genus and measured for height, diameter, crown height and width, percents dieback and missing, crown light exposure, and spatial relationship to nearby buildings.

    • Assess land use and ground cover
      • Started: 2011-08-31
      • Method Description: Land use proportions and ground cover proportions on the plot are recorded.

    • Process data
      • Started: 2011-08-31
      • Method Description: Data are submitted to the US Forest Service i-Tree Eco analysis service to generate city-wide estimates of the composition, condition and ecosystem services of the urban canopy in the city.


Sampling Equipment

  • Current Equipment
    • Clinometer
      • Started: 2011-08-31
      • Sampling Description: Suunto clinometer

    • Compass
      • Started: 2011-08-31
      • Sampling Description: Compass

    • Diameter tape
      • Started: 2011-08-31
      • Sampling Description: Diameter tape

    • GPS unit
      • Started: 2011-08-31
      • Sampling Description: Garmin Rino 530HCx GPS unit

    • Plot establishment
      • Started: 2011-08-31
      • Sampling Description: 200 randomly-located 0.1 acre plots were established within Burlington

Site Characteristics

  • Site Description: 200 randomly selected permanent plots throughout Burlington, VT

  • Minimum Altitude: 100 feet

  • Maximum Altitude: 437 feet