The city of Portland is part of a new national program with the U.S. Forest Service.
It’s all part of an effort to count trees, and you could join in.
The project is part of the US Forest Service’s Forest Inventory Analysis and they started in Portland on Tuesday, analyzing trees along Portland’s Eastern Prom, Evergreen Cemetery and Baxter Woods.
They’ll be studying trees on selected areas of land over the next five years.
Forest Inventory Analysis, often called the nation’s Forest Census, has been monitoring the status and trends of the country’s rural forests for nearly 80 years but are expanding the census to include cities.
The crew will be looking at a variety of things, including tree species, numbers, size condition and invasive plants.
They’ll survey city owned lands first and then analyze trees on private lands.
The U.S. Forest Service and city staff are currently contacting selected landowners in the greater Portland area to ask permission to monitor trees and ground vegetation in their property.
Participating in the program is voluntary. If you’re selected and allow the U.S. Forest Service to access your property, the study takes from half an hour to 10 hours, depending on the number of trees and their condition in the property. Portland is only the third city in New England selected to conduct this research.