The plan tool allows a user to target and prioritize areas that are most suitable for tree canopy growth based on demographic, socioeconomic, and environmental criteria. Tree planting and increased tree canopy can address issues such as stormwater mitigation, energy conservation, air quality, and human health. The Plan tool allows a user to visualize the areas of their city that would receive the most benefits from increased tree canopy based on selected criteria. Each selected criteria can be weighted high, medium, or low based on the user’s needs.
Step 1 – Select a Geography: Select the geographic boundary of interest by using the drop-down menu. The selected geography will be displayed in the map.
Step 2 – Select Prioritization Criteria and Set Weights: By selecting the desired prioritization criteria and the specific weight, a user can control which criteria are used to prioritize areas for new tree planting and how much influence each criteria has on determining which areas are the most suitable for new tree planting. All criteria weights can be changed at once using the None, Low, Medium, and High buttons found at the top of the section. Individual weights can also be adjusted using the specific criteria slider bar. To remove a criteria, simply set its weight to None. By default, all criteria weights are set to Medium. More information on how each prioritization criteria was created can be found in the next section or viewed within the software by hovering over the question mark icon next to each criteria. To learn more about the Plan criteria, click here.
Step 3 – Filter Data: Click and drag the toggle on the Filter
by Site Suitability slider bar. As a user slides the toggle to the
right, a filter is applied to the data, and areas that are less
suitable for new tree plantings based on the selected and
weighted criteria will be removed from the map leaving
only the most suitable areas.