Tree Tracker: Tree Inventory Software for Arborists

TTC Solutions: Tree Tracker

Tree Tracker is a basic tree appraisal and inventory database system. It records information collected in the field, to allow tracking of the condition of trees in the landscape and their appraised value. Tree Tracker is available for both Macintosh and Windows platforms.

Tree Tracker is designed to be easy to use, and as intuitive as possible. The instruction manual and the Online Help file will help with learning and using the application. Popup tags can be enabled to describe the functions of various fields and buttons on the screen.

This system is built around the FileMaker Pro 5.5 database application. Most operations can be performed within the files via Tasks Menu and buttons on the screen, although some functions can also be performed by use of the application's built-in menus.

Tree Tracker is simply a tool for use by qualified arborists and tree appraisers. It is not intended to substitute for training and knowledge of appraisal principles, nor does it favor any particular method of appraisal (although only the Cost Approach methods are included). It is assumed that the appraiser is familiar with the Council of Tree and Landscape Appraisers Guide for Plant Appraisal, Ninth Edition 2000, and has experience applying the methods and techniques explained in the Guide. As with any tool, the results will be meaningless if the process is not understood by the user.

The methods, formulae and tables used for appraisal and valuation in Tree Tracker follow the Guide and the formats found in the Guide and the CTLA Field Report folders.

Features

Tree Tracker records and reports data on tree inventory and tree valuation, for individual trees or for large groups of trees. Designed for ease of use, Tree Tracker takes simple data entries, then formats, tallies and prints reports of the collected information.

The Inventory module is based on a design by Sachstedter, Gerhold and Constonis (Penn State University) for multiple-tree inventories in urban settings. Basic data about the tree, and its location and environment can be recorded and reported.

Tree Appraisal can be quickly and easily performed using the Tree Tracker module. Based on the Council of Tree and Landscape Appraisers (CTLA) Guide for Plant Appraisal, Ninth Edition 2000, calculating tree values is fast and accurate. Cost-of-Cure, Replacement Cost and Trunk Formula methods are fully supported, including multiple plant replacements, multiple-stem trees (Trunk Formula Method) and Compounded Costs. Reports can be generated for individual trees or groups of trees, providing summaries of the valuation or detailed analysis of the data and calculations. The reports are designed to be used directly in consultation reports as supplemental information.

Digital photographs of the trees or landscape can be stored or referenced in Tree Tracker. Images can either be imported directly into the application, or they can be stored as a reference to an image file on another disk. This is ideal for keeping track of images that are stored on CD-ROM, Zip disks, tape or other media. Report pages can be printed with the images and information you provide about the picture.

Data collection can be made easier with the use of handheld computers or PDAs, such as the Palm series. Data collected on a PDA can be easily formatted and transferred to Tree Tracker, eliminating the need to "handle" the data more than once.

Download and Purchase

Tree Tracker is commercial software, and will be available for either download or for CD shipment, coming soon. You can purchase a license for Tree Tracker through Kagi. The Windows and Macintosh versions of Tree Tracker can be downloaded via the links below.

System Requirements

Screenshots

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Support

If you have questions about using Tree Tracker (or any Tree Tech Solutions application), please check out the Solutions Support Forum at The Knothole.

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This page was last updated on June 12, 2003.