The Central Park Conservancy relied on the expertise of Davey Resource Group (DRG) to conduct an inventory of more than 24,000 existing trees and 8,000 benches throughout the park.
The Conservancy will incorporate the information gathered by DRG's urban foresters into its existing inventory management software to assist with daily management, tracking and planning of park features. Using DRG's customized ArcPad data collection tool loaded with an orthophotograph and other base maps of the park, the foresters mapped the location of each tree and collected information such as species, diameter, condition, tree height and crown spread, and approximate age. Additionally, they collected the location, size and type of each bench throughout the park. DRG completed these projects separately but utilized similar field data collection methods.
Four DRG urban foresters began data collection in December 2007 and finished in February 2008. The final data was delivered in geodatabase, ESRI shapefile and Microsoft Excel formats to be used by the Conservancy in its park management software.
The Central Park Conservancy is a private, not-for-profit organization founded in 1980 that manages Central Park under a contract with the New York City Parks and Recreation Department. With more than 25 million visitors each year to its 843 acres (or a length equaling 51 city blocks), Central Park is the most frequently visited urban park in the United States.
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