The Oldsmar Tree Inventory is the second project in the City’s Save Our Bay Program! No matter where you are in the city, trees are important to the health and cleanliness of our waterways.
Benefits of Trees
Reduce stormwater runoff - tree roots absorb excess stormwater and the canopy traps stormwater for use and evaporation
Filter pollutants - trees allow more water to absorb into the ground and filter out pollutants before they reach our waterways
Provide shade - trees provide much needed shade and help cool down highly urbanized areas
Are all trees good?
The most beneficial trees in Oldsmar are Florida natives. These trees are adapted to our local environment and require less maintenance and watering. They are often flood/drought tolerant and many are also saltwater tolerant. Invasive trees have been introduced to the area for many reasons, including landscaping, large scale production, and by seed hitchhikers. Invasive species often out compete native species and cause harm to the natural ecosystems affecting other plants and animals. The most common invasive tree species found in Oldsmar are:
Brazilian Pepper Tree (Schinus terebinthifolia)
Punk Tree (Melaleuca quinquenervia)
Carrotwood Tree (Cupaniopsis anacardioides)
Australian Pine Tree (Casuarina equisetifolia)
Chinaberry Tree (Melia azedarach)
Chinese Tallow Tree (Triadica sebifera)
Oldsmar Tree Inventory Survey
There are two ways to complete the survey: via a weblink or download the Survey123 app (available in Google or Apple stores). It is best used with a GPS enabled device (phone, tablet, or even computer), but you can use the map to drop a pin in your location as well. If you choose to use the app, you do not need to create or sign into your ArcGIS account. The easiest way to find the correct survey in the app is by scanning this QR code:
Below is the interactive survey results dashboard. You can zoom in on the map to see areas in more detail or click on the filters to the left to see specific types of trees. A full screen version of the dashboard can be viewed here.