I am trying to track unique trees planted in an arboretum-style setting as a ‘mother nursery’ for further tree propagation. In addition to paper records, the folks working on this project want to have a digital way to keep track of these special trees being planted over time.
We’d want the public to be able to access records of special trees in specific locations, to learn details like the tree genus, species, variety, origin, planting date, and misc info (e.g. how it is propagated).
Are there examples of iNaturalist being used for this purpose? I searched around and didn’t find any guides, but some examples:
- Arboretum public ‘bioblitz’ using an iNaturalist project: https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/humber-arboretum-atlas
- Nature center documenting trees on site using an iNaturalist guide: https://www.inaturalist.org/guides/3709?view=card
I am thinking we would setup a project based on a specific location, then we’d setup a guide on how to crowd-source data entry for special trees as they are planted. We would use custom iNaturalist fields to track the unique info I described above, and we’d use Guides to elaborate more about these special trees. This way we have a ‘living record’ of unique trees on this site, a public platform to view and learn about these species, and even ways for the public to comment about species. All of this, alongside the vast educational resource that is iNaturalist. If we need a ‘hard copy’ map of this data, we can export the project records and manipulate them in Google Earth or QGIS.
What do you think, does this sound like a reasonable approach? I’m somewhat new to iNaturalist, are there any tips, tricks, or limitations you think I should know about for this? Does my ‘use case’ bring any existing examples to mind? Thanks!