Network Tree Inventory Program
About Our Program
In 2023, California ReLeaf secured grant funding from the U.S. Forest Service and CAL FIRE to implement a brand-new statewide Tree Inventory Program to support nonprofit tree planting and tree care efforts across the state. California ReLeaf’s Tree Inventory Program provides ReLeaf Network Members and grantees FREE organizational user accounts to PlanIT Geo’s TreePlotter Inventory software under California ReLeaf’s umbrella account.
In addition to tree inventory software access, Network Members and Grantees receive training, resource guides, and technical support. Scroll down to learn more about the benefits of inventorying trees, program eligibility, application information, and upcoming training dates.
What is a Tree Inventory?
Tree inventory surveys provide information about individual trees planted and/or managed by an organization. A tree inventory provides critical information about these trees, including but not limited to tree species, location, health, age, size, funding source, maintenance needs, etc.
Inventories allow organizations to collect and share valuable data on trees they plant and care for, including the eco-benefits those trees provide to their community. Tree inventories are also an assessment tool, helping organizations make data-driven decisions that improve their tree planting program – especially concerning tree survival. Simply put, tree inventories tell organizations what they have and help them identify ways to improve how they plant, care for, and manage trees to help them stay alive and thrive.
Top 5 Reasons Why You Should Inventory Your Trees
1. Visually Share Your Organization’s Tree Planting Impact
2. Report the Eco-Benefits of Your Trees
3. Make Data-Driven Decisions to Optimize Tree Health and Longevity
4. Record and Track Future Tree Planting Sites
5. Easily Track Grant/Donor Funded Trees and Projects
Program Eligibility Requirements
Below are our eligibility requirements for the Network Tree Inventory Program. For additional questions, please contact Alex Binck.
Be an Active California ReLeaf Network Member or an Active ReLeaf Grantee
Not sure if you are a ReLeaf Network Member? Check our listing page.
Want to learn about Network Membership? Visit our Membership Page to learn how your community group or nonprofit can join the Network.
“Active Network Member” means: Network Member must renew their membership annually (January/February) and complete our annual Network Impact Survey (July/August). We also encourage Network Members to participate in our peer-to-peer programs like our Learn Over Lunch Series throughout the year and Network Retreat (May).
“Active ReLeaf Grantee” means that you have an active grant with California ReLeaf. All ReLeaf grantees are required to use the software in documented trees planted with ReLeaf grant funding. See individual grant types for reporting and tree inventory use requirements.
Attend Tree Inventory Program Training Sessions
Follow Best Management Practices in Data Collection
Actively Use the Tree Inventory Software
Network Member organizations must complete a Tree Inventory Program application and agree to participate in our training program in order to receive a free organizational user account to TreePlotter through our program. Please see our program eligibility requirements listed above prior to submitting an application.
Step 1 – Use our online application form to apply for an organization user account.
Step 2 – ReLeaf staff will contact you and help you set up your organizational user account
Step 3 – Attend Training Opportunities (i.e. Virtual, In-Person and Sandbox Tutorials – See registration links below)
Step 4 – Actively Plot and Track your Organization’s Trees
Upcoming Training Dates
Date: February 27, 2024 | 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Learn more about California ReLeaf’s Tree Inventory Program. The webinar will review the new program, eligibility, training resources, and how Network Members can sign up for their FREE user account to TreePlotter.
Virtual Introductory Training
Date: March 19th | 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Participating Network Member Organizations will receive training on how to use basic features of their TreePlotter account.
In-Person Introductory Training Dates
- Date: Thurs., April 11th | 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
- Location: California Endowment Center Sacramento | 1414 K St #500, Sacramento, CA 95814
- Date: Thurs., May 9th | 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
- Location: California Endowment Center Los Angeles | 1000 Alameda St, Los Angeles, CA 90012
- TreePlotter Support Page – This page has many helpful resources, including FAQs, How-tos, Tutorial Videos, and a searchable index.
- Urban Tree Monitoring Field Guide – This resource provides detailed information about how to collect urban tree monitoring data.
Thank you to our Tree Inventory Program Sponsors!
This project was made possible by funding from the U.S. Forest Service and by Proposition 68 funding made available through the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) Urban and Community Forestry Program.