The past year has been a year of growth for the OpenTreeMap community. We saw the additions to the community from the West Coast of the United States to the beautiful northern country of Canada. OpenTreeMap continues to gain interests from many different organizations from government and businesses, to non-profits and schools. We welcomed yegTreeMap in Canada; Wheelock College in Boston (private map) that started using OTM as an education tool; Let’s Green Vizag to jump start a tree counting campaign in India; Seattle Tree Map to track birds living in trees; and even a map in the Czech Republic being used by ArboKohout a professional tree care consulting firm. We were thrilled to also welcome over 50 free trial maps from places as varied as Mexico, Chile, Costa Rica, Brazil, South Africa, Zambia, Portugal, Spain, Italy, United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Israel, Russia, Poland, France, Ireland, Latvia, Netherlands, Sweden, Cambodia and many others.
Another new member to the OpenTreeMap community is Ecology Ottawa. Ecology Ottawa is located in the capital city of Canada where the wellbeing of the urban forest is an important focus for community engagement initiatives. Ecology Ottawa is a non-profit organization that promotes environmental causes throughout Canada and the world. They hold national and local governments accountable towards the care of the environment. Canada is home to a number of urban forest leaders and Ecology Ottawa is in the midst of promoting the urban forest.
In 2013, Ecology Ottawa launched Tree Ottawa, an initiative to protect, plant, and promote trees across the City of Ottawa. They’re working with local schools, community associations, corporations, charities, and citizens to plant one million trees in the city for Canada’s 150th anniversary in 2017. A big part of their initiative is encouraging residents to join their Adopt-a-Tree program. The average lifespan of city trees is only seven years, but with a little extra care they can survive a lot longer and even mature up to twice as quickly.
After doing some research, they began using OpenTreeMap Cloud in 2014. They think it is a great tool to engage their supporters, and allow them to identify and share with the community the trees they have adopted. Community members can adopt trees already imported on the map by editing the custom Adopted field, or add trees of their own.
The ability to add stories and pictures, along with the Ecosystem Benefits calculator, really demonstrate just how important trees are to the community. The good people at Ecology Ottawa told us they are really looking forward to upcoming features like social media sharing and additional customization to get even more supporters involved in new and exciting ways!
We value community members like Ecology Ottawa. They help us improve OpenTreeMap for everyone. We support all their efforts in adopting trees and helping to promote their campaign to plant one million trees by 2017. Check out their map and if you live in Ottawa go out and adopt a tree and add more trees to their map by downloading the OpenTreeMap Mobile app or by creating an OpenTreeMap account at www.opentreemap.org.
We are looking forward to welcoming new members to the OTM community in the coming year as we continue to improve OpenTreeMap to make it the best tree mapping software to engage and educate members of our communities about the importance and values of the urban forest in fun and innovative ways.
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