TreeSnap: A citizen science app connecting tree enthusiasts and forest scientists

Ellen Crocker, Bradford Condon, Abdullah Almsaeed, Benjamin Jarret, C. Dana Nelson, Albert G. Abbott, Doreen Main, Margaret Staton

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Abstract

The scientists that study and work to improve forest health need information on where pests and diseases are spreading, as well as where healthy, resilient trees remain. TreeSnap is a citizen science project and mobile app created to meet this need by enabling citizens to easily submit global positioning system (GPS) locations, photos, and observational information about trees of interest to scientists. The app was designed and built to ensure that the data being collected directly helps scientists engaged in a number of forest health research activities, including studying the genetic diversity of tree species, breeding trees, and monitoring tree health.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)47-52
Number of pages6
JournalPlants People Planet
Volume2
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2020

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported by the National Science Foundation under grant NSF‐PGRP #1444573. We thank The American Chestnut Foundation for their partnership in this project and our other scientific partners: U.S. Forest Service Northern Research Station, Forest Restoration Alliance, Hemlock Restoration Initiative, University of Kentucky, Kentucky Division of Forestry, Atlanta Botanical Garden, University of Connecticut Plant Computational Genomics Lab, Washington State University – Puyallup Ornamental Plant Pathology program, Oregon State University, and Oregon Department of Forestry. We also thank all the TreeSnap users who have made this project a success.

Funding Information:
This work was supported by the National Science Foundation under grant NSF-PGRP #1444573. We thank The American Chestnut Foundation for their partnership in this project and our other scientific partners: U.S. Forest Service Northern Research Station, Forest Restoration Alliance, Hemlock Restoration Initiative, University of Kentucky, Kentucky Division of Forestry, Atlanta Botanical Garden, University of Connecticut Plant Computational Genomics Lab, Washington State University – Puyallup Ornamental Plant Pathology program, Oregon State University, and Oregon Department of Forestry. We also thank all the TreeSnap users who have made this project a success.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2019 The Authors, Plants, People, Planet © New Phytologist Trust

Keywords

  • chestnut
  • citizen science
  • forest health
  • mobile app
  • restoration breeding
  • treesnap

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Plant Science
  • Forestry
  • Horticulture

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