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New iPhone App Charts NYC Tree Census Info

Huffington Post   First Posted: 03/18/10 06:12 AM ET Updated: 05/25/11 03:50 PM ET

We all know that trees are good for the environment, but how good? With the new iPhone App, Trees Near You, created by Brett Camper for New York City's BigApps competition, you can find out all manner of geeky environmental information on our leafy friends, from species to tree trunk size.

Compiled from the city tree census, this free app identifies your iPhone's location and displays all the surrounding trees on a map. Opening the app here at HuffPost reveals that within a five block radius of the SoHo office, there are 407 trees, creating approximately $83,000 in benefits to the city each year. The 36 species of trees reduce CO2 emissions by 120,380 lbs and prevent 446,256 gallons of storm water run off every year. Fascinating stuff!

We at HuffPost Green think this is a really cool learning tool, and anything that helps us engage in the natural world around us can only be a good thing. Realizing the benefits that trees offer us can give people yet another compelling reason live more sustainably. What's more, with integrated information from Wikipedia on every species of tree, Trees Near You, will be sure to put an end to any speculation over whether that dog just peed on an oak or a sycamore.

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