Partner with local universities, schools and NGOs to launch projects for community members to help inventory urban trees.
A City-wide tree inventory will help monitor the health and diversity of trees in the public and private realm and estimate carbon sequestered. The City will partner with organizations who initiate and maintain programs to capture data on urban trees in North Texas. Existing inventories such as ‘Downtown Dallas Tree Inventory & Ecosystem Services Benefits Report (2015)’ and ‘University of North Texas at Dallas Campus Tree Inventory & Ecosystem Service Benefits Report (2016)’ will be compiled on one platform. The City will coordinate with local organizations to encourage consistent methods. Existing tools like ‘inaturalist’ enables community members to record observations and additionally, learn about local flora and fauna in their bioregion. The City should utilize this data to inform decisions about urban ecosystems and forest management.