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Intro to i-Tree Tools

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Here's an introduction to using i-Tree Design www.itreetools.org/design for Middle School Science Teachers and Students.

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Intro to i-Tree Tools

  1. 1. Intro to i-Tree Tools www.itreetools.org/design Arlington Public Schools December 2014
  2. 2. Intro to i-Tree Tools www.itreetools.org/design • Engage • Explore • Explain • Extend and Elaborate • Evaluate
  3. 3. Using i-Tree Design www.itreetools.org/design • Meaningful Watershed Educational Experience (MWEE) • Community Partners and Logistics • Day 1 – Build Relationships • Day 2 – Our Tree and i-Tree • Day 3 – STEM Extensions • Resources: http://goo.gl/GuX5f
  4. 4. • Investigative or project oriented • Richly structured and based on high-quality instructional design • Integral part of the instructional program • Part of a sustained activity • Consider watershed as a system • Involve external sharing and communication • Enhanced by natural resources personnel, community partners • For all students
  5. 5. Materials • Tree ID books/apps • Tapes • Cameras • Computers Class Time • 3 Sessions for Initial Study When • Late March to October
  6. 6. • Introduce Community Partners • My Favorite Tree • Goods From the Woods • Tree Biology
  7. 7. By Rudy Wendelin, Courtesy of US Forest Service
  8. 8. How Does a Tree Work?
  9. 9. Ecosystems
  10. 10. Day 2 - Our Tree and i-Tree • Choose and Identify a Tree • Tree Health Assessment • Use i-Tree Design • Monetize the Tree’s Ecosystem Services
  11. 11. Tree Benefits o Stormwater Runoff Reduction o Energy Consumption o Air Quality o CO2 Sequestration o Wildlife Habitat Value o Social Value o Property Value o Timber Value
  12. 12. i-Tree Design in 4 Easy Steps To get started Where are you? Type in your address www.itreetools.org/design. 1. Draw Structures Draw the outline of a building of interest (house, school etc.) Add approx. building date
  13. 13. i-Tree Design in 4 Easy Steps 2. Place Trees Add in your tree’s data: - Species - Circumference - Health condition - Exposure to sunlight Then place your tree on map Repeat with other trees 3. Estimate Benefits 4. VIEW REPORT
  14. 14. Gunston Middle School 2700 S Lang Street Arlington 22207 Tree Benefits calculated using i-Tree Design Tree # Species Circumference at Breast Height, inches Condition Excellent, Good, Fair, Poor, Dead or Dying $$ Overall Annual Benefit calculated by i-Tree Design 6th Grade Team at Gunston Middle School 1 Cherry Tree, Kwanzaan 34 Poor $7.80 2 Loblolly Pine on bank 64 Good $61.30 3 White Pine on median 49 Excellent $37.44 4 Oak #1 73 Fair $74.29
  15. 15. Cherry, Kwanzan Cherry, Kwanzan Pine, Eastern White Pine, Eastern White Condition Poor Excellent Excellent Excellent Circumference 34” 34” 34” 49” Diameter 10.8” 10.8” 10.8” 15.6” Total Benefits $ 7.80 $ 13.12 $ 18.55 $ 37.44 Stormwater Intercepted 525 gallons 807 gallons 1232 gallons 2582 gallons CO2 reduction 115 pounds 230 pounds 213 pounds 399 pounds 6th Grade Team at Gunston Middle School
  16. 16. Day 3 - STEM Extensions
  17. 17. http://goo.gl/GuX5f
  18. 18. Mary Van Dyke Green STEM Learning Luz Chamorro Gunston MS Science Teacher
  19. 19. • Arlington Public Schools • Gunston MS • Arlington Traditional ES • Tuckahoe ES • Jamestown ES • Alexandria Public Schools • George Washington MS • Virginia Cooperative Extension • 4-H • Master Gardeners • Arlington Regional Master Naturalists • Tree Stewards Arlington Alexandria • Arlington County • Casey Trees • Earth Force • i-Tree

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