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Campus Tree Inventory (Completed)

Project History

  • 9/16/2021

    This is a list of projects that need students to work on.  It will be updated periodically by sustainability staff members, the last update was 9/16/21:

  • 7/12/2021

    The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, according to the U of I Master Plan, measures more than a whopping 8,000 acres of land in the Master Plan Area. F&S helps count and maintain all 16,534 trees on U of I grounds. That includes more th

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This project documented individual trees on campus, using a GPS device and collecting tree details into the ArcGIS data layer.  The previous Tree Inventory was last updated in 2006, and it included trees that had subsequently been removed and it was missing new trees that have been planted. Through this project, the Tree Inventory was updated to include all and only existing trees on campus. The environmental benefits included in the tree inventory are directly derived from iTree, with the help of Davey Research Group who completed the survey on campus. 

The Facilities & Services Tree Surgeons and Grounds crew continue to maintain the Tree Inventory.  They are also going to work with the Arboretum and the University Landscape Architect to incorporate the Arboretum tree inventory.

Number of trees on campus (Tracked by Calendar Year)

Project Team

  • Project Leader:

    Brent Lewis

    Team Members:

    • Ryan Welch
    • Dustin Reifsteck
    • Sky Drewes
    • Morgan White
    • Madeline Smith


  • Proposed July 1, 2016
    Proposed by Ryan Welch
    Investigated January 12, 2016
    Investigated by Ryan Welch
    Approved July 13, 2017
    Approved by Helen Coleman, Interim Executive Director of F&S
    Started June 15, 2018
    Started by Brent Lewis and Ryan Welch