Tree Inventory Intern

Ashley Northcotte

Nov. 21, 2014

With a love for nature, geography and the world around us, I graduated from Brock University with a Bachelor of Arts in Geography and a Bachelor of Education with a Basic Qualification in Junior/Intermediate divisions with a teachable in Geography. This past fall, I returned to academia and earned a Graduate Certificate in Geographic Information Systems/Geospatial Management from Niagara College, and shortly after acquired a temporary internship with the City of Welland.

My position includes working closely with both the Forestry and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Departments in order to complete an electronic inventory of all Right-Of-Way boulevard trees. Before starting the project, I trained with the City of Welland Arborists in the skill of identifying and distinguishing different native and cultivated tree species, using multiple tree characteristics such as; leaf detail, tree structure and bark texture.

I begin my day in the office, where I use several different layers (street labels, address labels and parcel boundaries) combined with aerial imagery in Manifold System in order to plot point features and display them on a map. Each of these point features represent a tree.