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Free Tree Smartphone App Webinar
Posted: 07/17/2012
If you have a community, school, or volunteer group that would like to do their own tree inventory, but don’t have GPS units or training, there is a Webinar this Thursday on free Tree Smartphone apps that can help.

This is a great opportunity for free training to utilize Smartphone apps for Urban Tree Inventories, and tree identification.  ACTrees is an Iowa DNR partner in promoting Urban and Community Forestry. The Webinar is Noon to 1 p.m. CDT, July 19.

To register, go to:

Millions of Americans have access to the latest technology in the palms of their hands. Smartphone applications, or “apps,” not only play games and connect to the web–they can also increase awareness and engagement in managing urban forests.

Cities and organizations can use apps to recruit and educate volunteers, to receive tree status updates from people on the street, to lead interactive guided tours, and to help residents identify trees in their neighborhoods. Smartphone tree apps are revolutionizing the connection between people and trees, and new ones are being released all the time.

Webcast attendees will learn about:
  • Popular tree Smartphone apps
  • Incorporating apps into existing educational programs
  • Tracking resident engagement and tree care with apps
  • Using Smartphone to empower volunteers

About the ACTrees Webcast Series
The ACTrees Webcast Series is the Alliance for Community Trees’ monthly webcast series held during the lunch hour. The goal is to create informal training opportunities for local urban and community forestry organizations. The content is geared to mainly serve the needs of volunteer organizations and community groups, although webcasts are open to all.

The trainings leverage local successes by amplifying to a larger audience the model organizations’ methods, materials, and approaches. Sessions are planned to last no more than one hour, with two presenters speaking on the same topic from slightly different perspectives, each for 10–15 minutes, followed by 10–15 minutes of questions and answers.