Describes and compares software systems available to urban forest managers for planning and maintenance. Demonstrates use.
USDA surveyed researchers and forestry practitioners to learn about how they interacted with software tools designed for long term urban forestry monitoring. After these surveys the USDA created a list for an ideal software monitoring system and then evaluated eleven existing software platforms. Then PHS served as a test case for how a system might work. The report includes a series of recommendations for cost and tech support, establishing open data standard, creating a central data repository and balancing collaboration and leadership.