Online tool maps local trees 

The census isn’t just for counting people – it’s also for counting trees, at least in San Francisco. Mayor Gavin Newsom on Wednesday announced a new online tool that allows people to map trees locally.

As part of the Urban Forest Map, developed by the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, the online data will help city planners and urban foresters better manage trees and track tree pests and diseases as well as plan future tree plantings.

Climatologists can use it to better understand the effects of urban forests on climates, and students can use it to learn about the role trees play in the urban ecosystem, according to the mayor’s office.

Anyone with a web browser can add specific information about trees in their neighborhood, including location, species, size and health.

San Francisco is the first city to use the Urban Forest Map.

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