Urban tree canopy (UTC) assessments from Davey Resource Group help leaders leverage community forestry benefits and identify future management opportunities. With valuable insights from a UTC assessment, a community can intelligently shape its approach to environmental sustainability, urban heat island effects and other impacts of urban forestry.
The UTC includes layers of leaves, branches and stems that cover the ground when viewed from above. With high-resolution GIS data, DRG’s expert classification and assessment of a community’s tree canopy can be used for growth modeling, priority tree planting and comprehensive urban forestry plans, and the management of energy conservation, stormwater and water resource initiatives.
DRG’s analysis of canopy and spatial data can determine baseline percentages across a municipality and within specific regions, including:
- Management areas
- Areas by land use/parcel (private vs. public)
Additionally, a UTC assessment from DRG provides access to unmatched reports and tools, including:
- ESRI ArcGIS Geodatabase, shapefiles, raster images and metadata
- Final report of tree canopy cover and/or land cover classification metrics
- High-quality interactive and hardcopy maps