Tree management goes digital in California

In this article from American City & County, Dana Karcher, market manager for Davey Resource Group, talks about the collaboration with the Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks.  

Posted: April 30, 2015 

By Matt Fredmonsky 

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Hundreds of thousands of trees, their maintenance records, GIS coordinates, photos and other detailed information all fits into the palms of L.A. City Parks employees.

Laura Bauernfeind, Principal Forester for the Department of Recreation and Parks for Los Angeles, partnered with The Davey Tree Expert Company for the use of TreeKeeper, Davey’s web-based tree management software, to track all of the department’s trees spread across more than 16,000 acres in Southern California.

“TreeKeeper helps us manage our resource but also manage our priorities,” Bauernfeind said. “In order to manage something and care for something, you have to know what you have. You need to have an inventory and system in place to manage your priorities and track that valuable infrastructure.”

The TreeKeeper software operates on numerous mobile devices, including iPads, Toughbooks and other tablets. That gives L.A. City Parks employees the ability to manage an existing tree inventory, produce flexible data reports and manage work orders all from the field. The system’s field access also allows employees to work with real-time data that reflects a variety of tree care work, including new plantings, inventory additions and maintenance work such as pruning and removals.

Dana Karcher, market manager for Davey Resource Group, a division of Kent, Ohio-based Davey Tree, said the TreeKeeper software can create reports by almost any category, including tree species, age, forest density and maintenance frequency.

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