Neighbourwoods in Champlain Park Project
Neighbourwoods in Champlain Park aims to foster neighbourhood stewardship of the trees in Champlain Park. It uses a scientifically sound tree inventory protocol developed by Dr. Danijela Puric-Mladenovic and Dr. Andy Kenny while at the University of Toronto, and is used by dozens of neighbourhoods in municipalities across Ontario. It starts with gathering information on neighbourhood trees, including species, size, location and condition. By using a standardized method the protocol means that a detailed tree inventory can be gathered with relatively little expert involvement and at reduced cost. It is also a great way for residents to learn about the trees around us and get together with others contributing to community stewardship. Benefits from this information may include:
- Estimating the economic benefits of trees and forest canopy in our neighbhourhood
- Identifying spaces in the neighbourhood where new trees can be planted
- Identifying declining trees in need of attention
- Developing group actions such as collective contracting of arborists
All are welcome to join in for an hour or a week as we complete the inventory for the community park, and expand outwards into the community. Volunteers may come to your door to explain what it is all about and seek your assistance. We need block ambassadors and people interested in learning about trees, so please contact Catherine Shearer (firstname.lastname@example.org) to get involved. Information on the broader set of environmental initiatives in the community is available on the CPCA website under “our association”.
Workshop June 3-5, 2016, with Dr. Andy Kenny
- LeafSnap application
- Leafsnap is a series of electronic field guides being developed by researchers from Columbia University, the University of Maryland, and the Smithsonian Institution. The free mobile apps use visual recognition software to help identify tree species from photographs of their leaves. They contain beautiful high-resolution images of leaves, flowers, fruits, petioles, seeds and bark.
- City of Trees
- June 3-5, 2016 – Neighbourwoods in Champlain Park: First Meeting
- June 14 2016 – Neighbourwoods Practice Session, in the park at 4:30 pm through to 7:30pm