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Sunday, October 16 • 11:30am - 12:00pm
GIS Educators Day Session. From Tree Hugger to Environmental Manager

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PRESENTER: Sarah Cammer, Lexington High School

ABSTRACT: 
Students in the Environmental Technology program at Worcester Technical High School expressed frustration about beautiful trees that had been removed due to the United States Department of Agriculture’s(USDA) Asian Long Horned Beetle’s (ALB) Invasive Species Eradication Program. Students partnered with the USDA and learned to identify trees impacted by the ALB. When students learned of a new infestation in the city, they developed an online application using GIS to identify and plot impacted trees in the vicinity of the infested “mother” tree. Acting as environmental managers, they applied their new knowledge to recommend future tree plantings that would increase the biodiversity and resilience of the urban forest, reduce stormwater runoff, and reduce greenhouse gases in the urban environment. They presented their recommendations to the USDA.


Sunday October 16, 2016 11:30am - 12:00pm
Nauset II

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