It was a full house for Neighourwoods second annual Urban Forest Training workshop in Elora this May. This year’s topic: How to Conduct a Tree Inventory. Participants joined us from Perth County, Elmira and Waterloo, along with a dozen new Neighbourwoods volunteers.
The Workshop included a mix of class room and field work as participants got acquainted with the citizen scientist program developed by U of Toronto. The 31 elements collected about each tree being inventoried were broken into 2 categories: objective (species, height, diameter for example) and subjective (trunk and branch scars, number of broken branches, etc). Some basic tree ID tips and common tree species were covered. Following lunch, participants spent some time to practice assessing some trees using clinometers and DBH tapes.
Reviews were positive and we were really pleased to share our knowledge and experience that we’ve gathered over the 11 years of tree inventorying here in Centre Wellington.