A sense of place provides the foundation of environmental education. This creates an awareness of the physical and biological resources which hopefully instills a desire to protect and conserve these resources. Our project seeks to establish a sense of place by identifying several of the existing members of the biological community of the UOP campus. The value of this project is to use this GIS model to enable people to create a similar sense of place within their own community.
Many trees of California are exotics, while a few claim to be native. After a few years the exotics become natives, increasing in girth and cover as they take up more and more of their share of resources. We wanted to relate this idea to the trees on the campus of the University of the Pacific. We identified several native and non-native trees around campus and recorded several physical characteristics.
Procedure and Resources:
1. Resources: Aerial photo of Stockton, CA (from Landsat), campus map, CAD drawing of the campus from the Buildings and Grounds Department, National Audubon Society Pocket Guide Trees of North America, Field Guide to North American Trees, Digital camera Sony Mavica model #MVC-FD7, Professor Dale McNeal of the Biology Department UOP, Netscape Communicator, ArcView (by ESRI) Paint Shop Pro.
2. Collect the resources.
3. Scanned the maps and several pictures of trees.
4. Identified trees and their location and measured dbh, height and canopy cover.
5. Photographed individual trees.
6. Compiled the information within ArcView.
7. Displayed the data on the Internet.
This is the tree study site found on the Northeastern corner of the UOP campus.
Tree data was collected on the campus and entered into a data table. This was then linked to the geographic locations of the trees. Data can be sorted and displayed and further analyzed through ArcView, by any of the features on the table. For example, compare the dbh with the canopy cover.
(Scroll over to the right for the complete data table.)