What happened at the workshop...
Thirty individuals from across the country participated in the very first STRATUM hands-on-training workshop in Davis, CA, March 28-29, 2005. Instructors from our staff included Dr. Greg McPherson, Scott Maco (now with Davey Resource Group), Paula Peper, Shelley Gardner, Jim Geiger, and Shauna Cozad. Participants left with a new sense of how they can use STRATUM to assess tree benefits in their community. Much of the workshop was spent in the field collecting data with PDAs and in the computer lab, learning to use STRATUM to create real reports from sample-tree inventory data.
What they learned...
- How to quantify the value of trees
- An overview of tree inventories
- How to use the i-Tree PDA application to collect data
- How to import data and define fields
- STRATUM reports and interpretation
- Working with volunteers
- Communicating the message
- What other cities have experienced
- How to use STRATUM with community forest management plans
For most of this year STRATUM will be in the BETA testing phase. Participants at the workshop received version 1.9 and will provide us with feedback as they work with it in their city. A limited release of the public version (v 2.0) will be this fall, as part of the USDA Forest Service's suite of urban forestry software tools know as i-Tree. The unveiling of i-Tree is scheduled to occur at the National Urban Forestry Conference in Charlotte, NC in November. STRATUM is an integral part of i-Tree and will be administered by the Davey Resource Group. They are planning to conduct regional training sessions on the entire suite of i-Tree software tools (STRATUM, UFORE and MCTI) in 2006.
USDA Forest Service Region 5, State & Private Forestry
California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection
Davey Resource Group
University of California, Davis, Department of Plant Sciences
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