Today is U.S. Arbor Day, a holiday established 120 years ago to celebrate often under-appreciated forests.
“Today, Save the Redwoods League is launching “Redwood Watch,” powered by iNaturalist.org, a platform for recording, organizing and mapping nature observations. By sharing a simple digital photograph of a redwood tree and the time and location where the picture was taken, you can help the League track and monitor the species. If you know of a redwood tree–you can use free Redwood Watch iPhone app or a camera to take a photo, add a comment and submit it online. iNaturalist stores your observation and, if geographical coordinates weren’t captured automatically, use Google Maps APIs to assign them to your photo. With your geolocated observation, we can zoom out and analyze your observation in the context of global environmental and climatic patterns,” Google stated.
“Over past few months, Save the Redwoods League and Google Earth Outreach team have collaborated to create 3D models of the old-growth redwood forest in Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park in northern California, you can now take a virtual hike among the ancient trees and cruise over towering treetops. Explore the park by activating 3D trees layer in Earth (under 3D Buildings) and searching for [jedediah smith redwoods state park, ca]. Tilt your view angle toward the horizon to make the trees appear. You can download the KML file for the narrated tour about redwoods to view in Google Earth, or watch the video version below,” Google added:
[Source: Lat Long blog]