2005 Dalhousie University Tree Inventory: In depth framework development and inventory of northwest corner of Studley Campus
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Currently there is no comprehensive and unified information of the trees on Dalhousie’s campus. Trees are capable of contributing greatly to sustainability initiatives and without an inventory it is not possible to understand the state and composition of Dalhousie’s urban forest. In this study, data, such as tree height, diameter at breast height, and tree species were collected in the field and tree location was recorded using a GPS receiver. Tree locations were uploaded to a GIS database giving a detailed map showing all tree parameters. Results show a species richness of 27 with a low percentage of native trees in the study area. An increase in tree cover with respect to proper placement near buildings can decrease levels of atmospheric CO2 , reduce energy consumption in nearby buildings, help mitigate the urban heat island effect, while improving habitat for urban wildlife. The continuation of this inventory is essential for improving campus sustainability and maintaining ecological integrity at Dalhousie.