Great news in the War on Tree Terrorism!
“Trees Near You” is an iPhone application recently created by Brett Camper for New York City’s BigApps competition.
Apparently, NYC city government has street tree census data publicly available.
According to the app’s site,
Trees Near You helps you learn about more than 500,000 trees that live on New York City sidewalks. For any area of the city, from block to borough, you can see the different species that live there, and measure the environmental (and monetary!) benefits that these trees provide.
Go stalk, tag, and start tracking these barked beasts. And, if your city doesn’t have a street tree census, it might be time to propose just such a thing. Let the trees know that there’s nowhere to hide.