Canadian Forest Service Publications

A street tree survey for Canadian communities: Protocol and early results. 2013. Pedlar, J.J.; McKenney, D.W.; Allen, D.; Lawrence, K.; Lawrence, G.; Campbell, K. The Forestry Chronicle 89:753-758.

Year: 2013

Issued by: Great Lakes Forestry Centre

Catalog ID: 35330

Language: English

Availability: PDF (request by e-mail)

Mark record

Abstract

This paper describes early results from a survey that was developed to allow rapid, yet reasonably accurate, estimates of street tree composition in Canadian communities. To carry out surveys, participants walk (or drive) a number of 0.5-km routes, identifying all trees within 10 m of the road edge. The number of survey routes in each community was determined such that tree densities could be estimated within reasonable error bounds: ±5 trees/km for common species and ±1 tree/km for uncommon species. Information from this initiative has already supported invasive species risk assessments and urban forest management activities. Full details are available at http://gmaps.nrcan.gc.ca/uts/index.php.

Plain Language Summary

This paper describes a survey that was developed to allow rapid yet reasonably accurate estimates of street tree composition in Canadian communities. To carry out surveys, participants drive (or walk) a number of 0.5-km routes, identifying all trees within 10 m of the road edge. The number of survey routes in each community was determined so that tree densities could be estimated within reasonable error bounds: ± 5 trees/km for common species and ± 1 tree/km for uncommon species. Information from this initiative supports invasive species risk assessments and urban forest management activities. Full details are available at http://gmaps.nrcan.gc.ca/uts/index.php.