TreeSnap is another citizen science project which aims to save trees of all sorts. The platform lets participants record the location and health of particular tree species via mobile app. Scientists can later use the collected information to locate candidates for genetic sequencing and breeding programs.
The overall health of the tress across the planet has been in decline ever since the industrial era began which led to global warming and increased environmental pollution and plant diseases. Plants today are at a risk of being infected by a number of invasive diseases and pests, all of which could lead to complete wiping of forests and trees, something which is really dangerous for the survival of humanity. Scientists are working hard to determine what allows certain trees to survive, but they need to find healthy, resilient trees in the forest to study. This is where citizen scientists in the form of concerned foresters, landowners or even a simple trekker, hiker or nature explorer can help. Tag trees you find in your community, on your property, or out in the wild to help them understand forest health!
The initiative is a joint venture between the USDA Forest Service Northern Research Station, Forest Restoration Alliance and the Hemlock Restoration Initiative.
With your report automatically being geo-tagged, collection of data is made highly easy and accurate. The app has been made available to download for free on both App Store for iOS and Play Store on android. The app itself is fairly simple and easy to use. The intuitive user experience makes sure you complete your report quickly and without any hassle.