GIS on the Knoll–keeping track of our work

This image is of the Knoll where we have been removing ivy from the trees.  Dana worked with Professor Earle Ellis last year numbering  all the Knoll trees on the GIS grid shown here.  Now we are keeping track of the trees we work on; Dana writes their numbers down in a notebook for later entry into GIS.  She is going to start a separate layer in the data base for the ivy removal trees.  If we work on the trees on our own, we write the tree’s number in our individual logs to give to Dana later.

This week everyone received her own fanny pack and tools–pruners, gloves, screwdriver, and log book.  Next week we should have folding saws to add to the kit. The kits make it possible to work on ivy outside of class.  Homework!  We need to keep track of where we work in our log books.

The group has just about finished figuring out a logo for hats and T-shirts.  Nisha has led the design process.  Melina thought up a cool name:  Treedom Fighters.

Faith Evans joined the class–welcome, Faith.  Mary and Faith did a catch up session on Thursday–recognizing ivy (not the same as pachysandra) and clipping out the roots at the bottom.  We worked on little trees between Sondheim and Sherman–got several stares, and two challenges–“what are you doing??”  So it was good publicity for The Mission—“Stop the Ivy!”



GIS will help save umbc trees–Facilities Mgt.



Ilan Segal, Intern in Facilities Management came to class to demonstrate how UMBC is creating a map of all its trees using GIS.  Dana talked about her experience last year helping Geography professor Earle Ellis construct a GIS map of some UMBC trees,  We met in the Joseph Beuys Sculpture Garden.

Melina joined the class–Welcome!

Save UMBC Trees! Stop the Ivy.


“English ivy is an aggressive invader that threatens all vegetation levels of forested and open areas. growing along the ground as well into the forest canopy……..”

                                                                                                                              Plant Invaders of Mid-Atlantic Natural Areas, p,105