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August 26, 2005

Grant will support tree survey

Thanks to a $10,000 grant, Cooperative Extension will help conduct a tree survey of Tanglewood Park in Clemmons. Toby Bost, Forsyth County Cooperative Extension agent, has developed a plan to work with the park’s grounds maintenance staff and the Forsyth offices of Natural Resources Conservation Service and N.C. Division of Forest Resources to introduce ArcView/GIS technology.

The grant was provided by N.C. Division of Forest Resources’ Urban and Community Forest Grant program. Tanglewood Park is a 1,300-acre park, the largest public park in Forsyth County. The park has not had a proactive tree management plan for assessing the condition of its trees, thus ensuring the safety of the thousands of visitors to its facility annually. This was a concern to park staff because of ice storms the park has suffered this decade.

The grant has allowed the partners to hire a consulting forester to design and conduct a tree inventory for the park. Using Global Positioning System instruments, the forester has identified more than 400 trees on a new trail that is being cleared as an environmental classroom for school age children. The park’s staff received training during the winter months and acquired both the software and computer hardware to begin Phase I of a comprehensive park management plan. Both GIS technology and aerial photos currently available to them have allowed the park staff to produce high-quality imagery and maps for improving the park's trail system.

Posted by Natalie at August 26, 2005 03:00 PM