The sustainability of Florida's urban and community trees and forests requires the participation of government, businesses, non-profits, volunteers and the general public.
TampaTreeMap is a web-based map and database that enables everyone to map trees in the City of Tampa and on the campus of the University of South Florida. Along the way we’ll calculate the environmental benefits the trees provide — how many gallons of stormwater they filter, how many pounds of air pollutants they capture, how many kilowatt-hours of energy they conserve, and how many tons of carbon dioxide they remove from the atmosphere.
The TampaTreeMap was developed by a partnership between the University of South Florida, City of Tampa, and UF-IFAS/ Hillsborough Extension Service. Funding was provided by the Florida Forest Services, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (contract no. 19622), the City of Tampa and the University of South Florida.
Our goal is to provide a one-stop repository for tree data, welcoming information from any agency or group and enabling and celebrating citizen participation. Together we’ll work toward building a complete, dynamic picture of the urban forest. The information we gather will help urban foresters, city planners and neighborhood groups to better manage trees and plan future tree plantings. The Tampa Tree Map can help our kids, students and neighbors learn about the role trees play in the urban ecosystem.
You can explore the Map anytime, searching for trees or empty planting spaces–no account needed. To get started adding and editing trees, you’ll need to create an account.
The main map page shows the trees that have been entered in the Map, places where trees can go, and sidewalk gardens.The eco benefits they’re providing are shown. On this page, you can do advanced searches, see quick info on a given tree, and add new trees to the Map. If you’d like to play around with the data yourself, you can export it here too.
Each tree has its own page presenting its “bio” and its eco benefits. There’s room to upload a picture and a comment field where you can tell us your tree’s story.
Search by species or neighborhood or open the Advanced Search window for all kinds of options, like empty planting spaces, trees whose species is unknown, trees that need to be watered, or trees greater than 50 ft in height.
Eco benefits tell us the “ecosystem services” that the trees are providing: the energy the trees are saving by shading buildings, the stormwater captured and filtered by the leaves, the pounds of air pollutants captured by the leaves, and the carbon dioxide sequestered. The main map page shows the benefits for all selected trees, and each tree’s bio shows its individual benefits.
With the Add a Tree feature, you can add the trees around you to the Map to help build a more complete picture of our urban forest. Just click the Add a Tree button and you’ll be walked through it step-by-step.
You can edit a tree’s information too. Just click the Edit button at the top of a Tree Bio page and the editable fields appear. You can track stewardship activities here, like watering and mulching, upload photos, and tell the story of your tree in the comment box.