In March 2015, Kelaine sat down with DeepRoot's Leda Marritz to talk about OpenTreeMap, the Tree Inventory of the Future.
OpenTreeMaps are collaborative, crowd-sourced projects where citizens help inventory urban trees, learn about the environmental benefits trees provide and explore nature in their city. Kelaine Ravdin, owner of Urban Ecos, has worked as the project lead on OpenTreeMap projects across California, including Sacramento, San Francisco, San Diego, and Los Angeles. Kelaine’s work blends a deep understanding of urban forestry with current mapping and data tools. I spoke to Kelaine about her experience using open data, working with cities, and what tree inventories of the future might look like. Our conversation has been edited and condensed. –LM