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UNG Tree Campus USA Project

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The student research team conducted a tree inventory of the Gainesville campus using ArcMap, ArcGIS online, ArcGIS Collector app, and a tree inventory scale provided by the USFS over three months.

Collected data was incorporated into NAIP 2015 imagery, open source streets layer, and campus buildings layer to create a map displaying the location of over 500 trees. An attribute table was created which formulates a tree condition and maintenance plan for facilities operation.

This project was completed as part of the service learning component for UNG's application to Tree Campus USA sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation and the Georgia Urban Forest Council.

Project By

Students

Patrick Martin, Ryan Puckett, Chris Miller, Jessica Stehlin, Zach Noah, Cristian Ramos, & James Walls

Faculty

Dr. Allison Bailey

Funded by:

University of North Georgia

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Abstract

This project encompasses the student body involvement and staff guidance to execute the plan and initiative to the University of North Georgia Gainesville Campus part of the Tree Campus USA movement. This movement has as purpose the foster the education and care of trees within the campus environment.

The benefits that are hoped for are, amongst those that cannot be quantifiable, the establishing of the university's commitment to trees on our campus to considerably reduce the amount of energy the campus and community needs to operate.

Furthermore, the project aims to incentivize the strategic planting and maintaining of trees on our campus and in the community, thus, reducing the carbon dioxide in the atmosphere- which is one of the important roles that trees play.

Lastly, we aim to continue to provide and guard green spaces that give students and faculty the setting to relax with others or on their own.

Outcomes

  • Georgia's Arbor Day Celebration and tree planting- February 19. 
  • Access to specific tree locations and information for plant and operation purposes. 
  • Raised awareness of importance of tree care on campus.

Background

Tree Campus USA is an initiative started by the Arbor Day foundation. According to the foundation's website, their mission is to inspire people to plant, nurture and celebrate trees. Tree Campus USA is one of the many ways they work towards this goal at the college and university level to engage students in their mission. We at the University of North Georgia understand the unequivocal value of trees for all species on campus at UNG. We decided to make the tree inventory our service learning project. We are excited for what the future holds for trees on our campus and are proud to leave our legacy on this university. 

Tree Campus USA Standards

  • Standard 1- Campus Tree Advisory Committee
  • Standard 2- Campus Tree Care Plan
  • Standard 3- Campus Tree Program with Dedicated Annual Expenditures
  • Standard 4- Arbor Day Observance
  • Standard 5- Service Learning Project

 

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