The following descriptions provide a general overview of the steps involved in completing an analysis with i-Tree Landscape. Visit the Help page for more details and a thorough How-To!
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Each i-Tree Landscape project is broken into the 5, simple steps outlined below. The current stage of a project is represented by the progress bar shown below the map. (To move between steps, click the Next or Back buttons or click on the desired step in the progress bar.)
In this stage of your project, you will be identifying the geographic region(s) that you would like to analyze.
To start, you can quickly zoom to an area of interest by entering a location, such as a city or street address, in the search bar at the top-left of the map, or use the zoom controls on the map.
Another important feature is the control panel located along the right side of the map which lists all of the available datasets: Map Layers, Canopy & Land Layers, and Base Maps. Explore the datasets and view them in the map display by turning layers on and off in the control panel.
With your area of interest visible in the map display, you can select the geographic region(s) that you would like to include in your project. First, designate the type of region that you would like to select by choosing from the drop-down list at the top of the control panel. Then, select a region of interest or multiple regions by using the control panel's Select tool and clicking on the map.
Explore Location Data
In this stage of your project, you can view the data associated with the geographic region(s) that you have selected. Data are displayed below the map and can be viewed in English or Metric units and in table or chart format.
The types of data displayed here include canopy and impervious cover, land cover, U.S. Census, and forest and human health risk data. Click on the available tabs to move through the data displayed in this stage.
See Tree Benefits
In this stage, you can view the tree benefits associated with the geographic region(s) that you have selected. Data are displayed below the map and can be viewed in English or metric units and in table or chart format.
Data displayed here include the amounts and dollar values of the carbon, air pollution, and hydrologic benefits provided by trees based on the tree cover in the selected region(s). Click on the available tabs to move through the benefits data displayed in this stage.
Prioritize Tree Planting
In forest management planning, an important thing to consider is where to target tree planting to promote sustainable tree benefits in the areas where they are most valuable. In this stage of your project, you can try out an easy method for prioritizing your selected regions for tree planting.
Look at common priority planting scenarios or create your own custom scenario. Choose from multiple criteria, including various land cover, demographic, risk, and tree benefit data, to create a custom priority index. Weight each criterion selected between 1 and 100 so that the sum of all selected criteria equals 100.
If you make changes to your priority planting index, click the Update Map Display button to see your new results in the map. Save planting priority scenarios so they can be included in your results in step 5.
In this stage of your project, you can see the results for your project by viewing the standard report or generating custom outputs.
Report generation is divided into multiple boxes: Location Information, Tree Benefits, and Prioritization. Within each category, you can choose the data that you would like to include in your results and specify the display format. Use the drop-down menu to select report elements, click the + Add button, and repeat to include as much data in your results as you would like to review. A list of your selections will appear below each category. When you have made all of your selections, click the Done button to view the finished report.
It's never too late to change the regions that you have selected for your analysis! Make changes to your selection in any stage you want – just remember to click the Process button in the control panel to update the data displayed below the map.
To move between steps, click the Next or Back buttons or click on the desired step in the progress bar.