Research & Mapping

Casey Trees has been conducting research on D.C.’s trees through our Technical Services and Research Department since our founding. Looking inward to improve upon our own practices as an organization and broadly to inform urban forestry best management practices — we are striving to effectively reach D.C.’s goal of 40% tree canopy.

How does Casey Trees do this?

The Technical Services and Research Department uses a combination of fieldwork, remote sensing and aerial imagery which draws from emerging techniques in urban forest management and on well-vetted methods of quantifying the benefits of urban trees.

The Technical Services and Research Department’s Work Consists of:

  • Fieldwork conducted by Casey Trees staff, interns, volunteers and citizen scientists.
  • Analyzing aerial imagery in order to gain a more cohesive understanding of our urban canopy
  • Reports and maps are produced related to the composition, extent and effects of the urban forest