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Auburn University forestry researchers document each tree on campus

AUBURN – A team of Auburn University scientists has recorded data about each tree on campus, documenting more than 7,300 trees valued at almost $11 million and generating data that could help landscape managers nationwide.

Professor Art Chappelka of the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences said they now know the species, height, diameter, crown width, canopy cover and condition of every tree within the university’s landscape-managed campus.

“This will be a valuable tool for campus planners who can use the information as they develop a landscape master plan,” Chappelka said. “We have mapped the location of every tree in proximity to roads, buildings, power lines and other structures, so we can view the map on our computers anytime. It’s like a blueprint of campus trees.”

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