In partnership with Virginia Department of Forestry, researchers at Virginia Tech undertook an unprecedented study of trees and forests in the City of Winchester during summer 2010. The purpose of this study was to better understand the health, composition, and function of these valuable natural resources to improve their protection, management, and utilization.
During summer 2011, Virginia Tech researchers will be returning to Winchester to measure additional trees on numerous properties throughout the city. This procedure will entail measuring the height and girth of individual trees and their distance to nearby buildings. Using field data collected from the sample plots, researchers will then estimate the abundance, diversity, and condition of Winchester’s urban trees using a software program called i-Tree Eco.
The results of this study will help Winchester's municipal staff better plan and manage the City’s trees and forests, creating a safe, healthy, and pleasant landscape for citizens and visitors.