ENSPEC has been one of the earliest proponents of incorporating i-Tree into Australia, and is the key research partner for converting and adapting i-Tree to an Australian context. This has involved the research, collation and formalisation of critical climatic, geographic and botanical data to be used for the program in Australia.
ENSPEC has undertaken numerous urban forest inventories for clients in Australia. More recently these inventories have included collecting the key attributes required for use with i-Tree Eco. These inventories have been conducted in conjunction with ENSPEC’s general urban forest inventory programs, which include GIS/ GPS mapping of tree locations, full Visual Tree Assessments (VTA), and recommendations and prioritisation of remedial works.
i-Tree is a freely accessible peer-reviewed software program developed by the USDA Forest Service. The i-Tree suite of programs provides valuable information for the functional benefits of the urban forest. The i-Tree tools cater for municipalities, government agencies and the community to reinforce their urban forest management practices and advocacy by quantifying the structure, environmental services and economic benefits of their urban forests.
By understanding the local, tangible ecosystem services that trees provide, i-Tree users can link urban forest management activities with environmental quality and community liveability. Whether it is for a single tree or an entire forest, i-Tree can provide baseline data that can be used to demonstrate value and set priorities for more effective decision-making.