"How can open source software be harnessed to help solve
environmental issues? The City of San Francisco is now starting to
find that out, by turning to MapGuide Open Source software for use
in its 'urban forest' initiative.
"Earlier this month, during a set of events in honor of Arbor
Day, the city launched a new Web site aimed at allowing municipal
workers, the general public, and members of a not-for-profit
environmental group pitch in on efforts at computerized tracking of
San Francisco's trees.
"The online San Francisco Urban Forest Mapping System is the
upshot of a plan by Mayor Gavin Newsom to add 5,000 more trees a
year to the city's sidewalks, said Charlie Crocker, Product