By Michael Swanson, City Forester, Denver Parks and Recreation As winter approaches, many Denverites are…
DENVER — Your friendly City Forester has mapped each and every one of the public ash trees in Denver as part of its effort to prepare for the inevitable arrival of emerald ash borer (EAB). As the most destructive forest pest in U.S. history, EAB has decimated ash tree populations and caused billions of dollars in damage in more than 25 states and parts of Canada.
But it’s not just ash trees. The city has actually mapped all of Denver’s public trees, giving you the chance to learn more about the trees around you and the benefits they provide. You can give them all a look using the interactive map on this very website.
But that may leave you with intense FOMOOMT — Fear Of Missing Out On Mapping Trees. Not to worry. You can now join the tree mapping party in Denver thanks to an app called Curio.
In many ways, Curio serves as a social network for trees. It gives their human companions the ability to tag a tree on an interactive map, add stories, photos and data about a favorite tree, search for trees within the app and even add tree-based missions for you and your friends to conquer.
Not only are they a lot of fun, apps like Curio also allow us to protect our urban tree canopies from pests like EAB through the sharing of valuable data. Watch the instruction video below, then Be A Smart Ash and get in on the act!