Around the World: Forest Tools

A few weeks ago I posted a blog about a San Francisco initiative called Urban Forest Map. Well, if you’re interested in this type of thing, then do I have a project for you. Its called i-Tree and its an online tool for assessing and managing community forests. Fantastic. Apparently there is just under 200 users in Australia of this map, which is just amazing. If anyone has any connection with these maps please send a link through below in the comments section. It would be great to share this information around.

But the overarching reason why these tools are of interest right now is that shortly the City of Melbourne will be holding community meetings in Carlton, East Melbourne, South Yarra and the CBD in order to develop an Urban Forest Strategy. So if you live or work in this area and are passionate about what your streets look like, or just enjoy a bit of a tree hug every now and again then this is your big moment to get involved. There is an online forum to contribute to, otherwise here are the dates for the community conversations:

06 April 2013 East Melbourne Urban Forest Workshop – 10am @ East Melbourne Library
20 April 2013 South Yarra Urban Forest Workshop – 10am @ South Yarra Primary School
04 May 2013 CBD Urban Forest Workshop – 10am @ Multicultural Hub, 506 Elizabeth Street


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About Juliette

When Juliette was little, she came home from school and asked her mum in her little teary voice why the other kids at school didn’t like her. Her mum reassured her and said 'Don't worry Juliette, you're just different. That's all.' Since then, aware of her obvious difference to everyone else, Juliette is spending her time doing exactly what people wish to be doing – exactly what she wants. This blog is a celebration of taking a deep breath and just doing it. Currently Juliette can be found sipping tea and gardening somewhere in Central Victoria, Australia with her beloved and their excitable boys. She is also completing her PhD in Civic Agriculture and teaches at RMIT in Sustainable Consumption and Design Activism.

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