The management and future sustainability of Florida's urban and community trees and forests requires the participation of government, businesses, non-profits, volunteers and the general public. TampaTreeMap is a web-based map and database that enables everyone to collaboratively create an accurate and informative inventory of the trees in the City of Tampa and on the campus of the University of South Florida.

The TampaTreeMap was developed by a partnership between the University of South Florida, City of Tampa, and UF-IFAS/ Hillsborough Extension Service. Funding was provided by the Florida Forest Services, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (contract no. 19622), the City of Tampa and the University of South Florida.

The TampaTreeMap is based on open source software that originated from the Urban Forest Map project in San Francisco and was subsequently developed by Azavea, a Philadelphia-based software design and development firm, with funding from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Communities who wish to implement their own tree map website can modify and implement the OpenTreeMap open-source code available at OpenTreeMap.org. Florida communities are encouraged to contact the project management team at the University of South Florida who can provide advice and implementation services.

Project Collaborators

TampaTreeMap leverages existing partnerships between individuals and organizations engaged in education, research and management efforts focused on urban trees and forests in the Tampa Bay area. Project collaborators include: faculty, staff and students from the University of South Florida (2011 Arbor Day Foundation ‘Tree Campus USA’ school); representatives from the USF Tree Campus Advisory Committee; researchers from the University of Florida and the UF-IFAS/ Hillsborough Extension Service; staff from the City of Tampa; members of the Tampa Bay Forest Working Group. Special thanks are given to Charlie Marcus, Urban Forestry Coordinator for the Florida Forest Service.

Project Development Team

Shawn Landry, University of South Florida (Principal Investigator)
Rob Northrop, UF-IFAS/ Hillsborough Extension Service (co-Principal Investigator)
Christian Wells, University of South Florida (co-Principal Investigator)
Barbara Donerly, University of South Florida (co-Principal Investigator)
Keith Bornhorst, University of South Florida
Carolyn Cheatham Rhodes, University of South Florida and UF-IFAS
Paul Medling, UF-IFAS/ Hillsborough Extension Service
Kathy Beck, City of Tampa
Rob Irving, City of Tampa
The many student volunteers at the University of South Florida, including: Donna Barth, Ann-Marie Bergmann, Christine Bergmann, Erica Cooper, Lindsay Guthrie, Bethany Harberts, Johamary Pena, Scott Rice, and several others.

Funding for this publication is provided in part by the USDA Forest Service. In accordance with federal law and USDA policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs). To file a complaint of discrimination, write: USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, Room 326-W, Whitten Building, 1400 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410, or call 202/720-5964 (Voice and TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.