Using GIS for City Tours

​This spring, The City of Lake Forest, IL is set to host their first annual Tree Walk. The Tree Walk Event will guide participants throughout the Central Business District highlighting different species of trees. GIS staff is assisting with developing an intuitive application that will allow residents to view tree locations and related information all while using their cell phones.

The first step is for GIS staff to acquire the tree information from the Forestry Department that will discussed throughout the tour. The tree locations will then be mapped and the related information will be populated. The tree locations and data will be loaded into an online map environment, called Story Maps, which is powered by ESRI’s ArcGIS Online application. The Story Maps interface provides a user the ability to host an inactive map showing localized data, in this instance tree locations and information. The end result of this project will be a URL web link that will be provided to the Tree Walk participants.

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Creating an interactive map rather than using paper maps will provide residents with a streamlined method of participating in the Tree Walk. Users will be able to browse through the stops of the tour, view related tree species information.  Having this information in an intuitive format on a mobile application allows residents a unique and innovative experience.