Event Title

Valuation of Susquehanna Universities Tree Community

Faculty Advisor

Dr. Daniel Ressler

Start Date

23-4-2019 4:00 PM

End Date

23-4-2019 5:00 PM

Description

Trees play an important role in maintaining a healthy environment; providing oxygen as well as sequestering carbon, reducing water runoff and improving infiltration, and mitigating pollution. Susquehanna University has a large tree population spanning the 325-acre property. This research focuses on the central region of campus and analyzes the health and environmental benefits of each tree. 750 trees have been inventoried spanning 92 species and 50 genera. Using i-Tree Eco, software developed by the United States Forest Service, monetary values were applied to each tree to quantify the benefits they provided. Growth curves and histograms of individual tree dimensions were created to aid in predicting future growth patterns of genera on campus. Pest analysis contributed to the study of overall tree health. From this research, a best-practice management plan can be created and implemented to identify tree threats as well as to monitor tree maturation for removal and replacement.

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Valuation of Susquehanna Universities Tree Community

Trees play an important role in maintaining a healthy environment; providing oxygen as well as sequestering carbon, reducing water runoff and improving infiltration, and mitigating pollution. Susquehanna University has a large tree population spanning the 325-acre property. This research focuses on the central region of campus and analyzes the health and environmental benefits of each tree. 750 trees have been inventoried spanning 92 species and 50 genera. Using i-Tree Eco, software developed by the United States Forest Service, monetary values were applied to each tree to quantify the benefits they provided. Growth curves and histograms of individual tree dimensions were created to aid in predicting future growth patterns of genera on campus. Pest analysis contributed to the study of overall tree health. From this research, a best-practice management plan can be created and implemented to identify tree threats as well as to monitor tree maturation for removal and replacement.