Canopy Assessment: Hyperspectral Imaging
To begin, the Green Heart team conducted a canopy assessment through hyperspectral imaging. This assessment showed the research team the variety of tree species in the study area and how healthy or stressed those trees were. Watch this video to see the assessment, tree species are on the left and tree health is shown on the right. Watch the video or view a still image.
Tree Health Assessment: YouthBuild + TNC Summer 2019
In 2019, the Nature Conservancy and YouthBuild Louisville’s SummerWorks program partnered to conduct a tree health assessment, read about the partnership or view the photo gallery. Data was collected and submitted to the Healthy Trees, Healthy Cities citizen science app, which will assist the Green Heart Project in caring for existing neighborhood trees. Learn more about the Healthy Trees Healthy Cities app.
Emerald Ash Borer Treatment
In addition to planting new trees, Green Heart has been working to maintain the health of existing trees. In partnership with Louisville Grows, the Nature Conservancy managed the mapping of ash trees located on private and public properties in Green Heart communities. In partnership with Limbwalker, the ash trees are being treated for the emerald ash borer. In total, this partnership has protected more than 100 ash trees.