Still Have Funds in Your Urban Forestry Budget?

November 25, 2020 | Written by Evan Sims


Will my urban forestry budget shrink in 2021? How can I make the most of every dollar I have? How will we accomplish our goals with fewer staff?


End of year investments need to be strategic; it is often tempting to go ahead and put in a PO for a new piece of equipment heading into the end of the year, but before making that decision take into consideration what a tree inventory software purchase can do for your operations.

Top 5 Reasons to Use Year End Funds on Tree Inventory Software

As you roll up 2020, the craziest year ever, the team here at PlanIT Geo™ wants to help you head into 2021 with not only the best urban forestry software available on the market, but guide you to running a top-notch, organized, and strategic urban forestry program. Check out the top 5 reasons we believe tree inventory software is a sound investment for your program heading into 2021.

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1. Collaborate in Real Time SAFELY

Having up to date tree data visualized in a map is invaluable.  A field worker can inspect a tree in the field on their mobile device, prioritize a work task, and a manager in the office (or at home) can immediately create a new or add to an existing work order, all in real time.

2. SaaS Appreciates In Value

Like trees, Software as a Service (SaaS) is a tool that appreciates in value. Today’s cloud based software is constantly evolving with new features, functionality, and improved experience over time.  A great software tool grows with increasing needs of the urban forestry industry.

3. Use Data to Prioritize Your Maintenance Plan

Many people are looking at reduced budgets in urban forestry due to COVID-19, so municipal arborists will be expected to do more with less.  Use filtering tools to identify trees for inspection that are most likely to cause damage such as species known to fail, poor condition, large DBH, near high trafficked right of ways.

4. Tell a Compelling Story

Like the old saying goes, money talks!  Create awareness from council members to citizens about just how valuable trees are to the community using i-Tree or TreePlotter’s built in EcoBenefit tool. Utilize your data to build a compelling story about the need to invest in the preservation and growth of the urban canopy with a sustainable budget.

5. TreePlotter™ is Easy to Set Up and No Internal IT Support is Needed

Procuring an enterprise software solution often means engaging in a long drawn out IT process.  TreePlotter applications are set up within hours or a few days of purchase.  Our dedicated support staff provides initial training and onboarding, changes to the app, and ongoing technical or practical assistance.

See how TreePlotter INVENTORY can make the most of every dollar in your budget. INVENTORY is a powerful, yet easy-to-use tree mapping software with automated reporting, tracking for maintenance, inspections, and work history. Our team is ready to share how our tree inventory software will set you up for success in 2021 and beyond. 

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