Camilla Cook: Tree Inventory Update #3

This morning, I redid the field work completed on the first day of data collection, measuring in particular the height (more so recording up/down percentages of my views of the top and bottom of the trees) and distance (how far away from the tree can I view the top of it) of the twenty-three trees around the Helen S. Faison Arts Academy School (located in Block 4). On the first day of data collection, we used a clinometer app on our phones, which most likely contributed to the height miscalculations of the trees – the calculations didn’t seem accurate as a taller tree would be calculated as “shorter” than a shorter tree and vice versa. This afternoon, as I inputted the new data into my excel sheet, the calculations seemed right for the trees they were representing!

Below is an updated map of my data collection mapping strategy as well as color codes for the various clusters in South Homewood. As of now, I have completed Blocks 2-7, where I have a bit more of Block 1 to complete before I can cross it off. In addition, since Cluster 4 extends onto the other side of Hamilton Avenue up until Formosa Way, I can’t *officially* check off completion of Cluster 4, but I’m close.

Between Blocks 2-7, Blocks 3 and 7 had no street trees and Block 6 had one major street tree along Hamilton Avenue and three along Dunfermline Street, even though its size is about two blocks worth of space.

In other updates, I believe the trees planted in and around Helen S. Faison School are American Sycamores because I got a good look at the fruits hanging on the trees – and they were single.

Since this was the first time collecting data without Dr. Johnson and her expertise in botany, I had to trust my instincts when conducting tree identification. When I encountered the tree on Block 6, I had an inkling it was in the maple family due to the shape of the leaf. At home, I referred to my Homewood tree identification guide (which I am updating with every new tree I encounter) and discovered it was most likely an Acer saccharum (Sugar Maple). For thoroughness, I used the Arbor Day Foundation’s online tree identification tool and the result supported my conclusion.

In addition to the map photo, I am including images of the community. It is evident that Hamilton Avenue is scarce of street trees.




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