The University of Kentucky published a story this week about a new smartphone app which allows citizen scientists to upload pictures and information about critical tree species, including potential pest infestations and diseases for critical species like white oak. The app is designed to be easy to use.  According to the story, “The app guides the user to collect the necessary data: anything from habitat and crown classification, height and health to the quantity of seeds or cones and tree diameter. Users are encouraged to take pictures of the tree, and GPS on their phones will automatically log the location. The developers recognized that not everyone will have cell coverage in the woods, so the app stores all of the information. When coverage is available, users can simply push a button and upload the data to the TreeSnap server.”

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Ellen Crocker and Bradford Condon take a picture of a chinkapin oak, using the TreeSnap app they helped develop in conjunction with University of Tennessee, Washington State University and University of Connecticut.