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Signage identifies 24 local tree species

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Norwalk, CT | Added on October 16, 2014 At 12:17 PM

If you walk through Matthews Park with a smart phone on hand, you'll be able to learn more about 24 local tree species by simply scanning a Quick Response code 

"We felt that putting QR codes on the signage would be helpful to get people more interested in using these signs," said Ron Muller. 

As part of a national and state effort to increase public awareness on urban forestry, The Norwalk Tree Alliance has posted 4 by 6 inch signs in parks around Norwalk with codes that can be scanned with any free quick response code app. Currently there are about 20 posted in Matthews Park alone. 

Ron Muller, who assisted in coordinating the local effort says it's an opportunity implement learning with quick response technology.

"I think it's important for the younger generation, who use these QR codes for sure, to get acquainted with what's around them and trees are certainly an important part of what we are and what we have," said Muller.  

Once the code is scanned, the application will open up the internet browser on your phone with in-depth information about each tree.   

And Muller says he created the scanable codes himself to direct users to information about the trees.  " hit go and then it generates the code for you, you save the code.  And then I took that code and I transferred it to the artwork for the file." 

As we've reported, the campaign is funded by a $7,000 grant provided by the Forestry Department of the U.S. Agriculture Department through the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. 

The signs are posted on nearly 100 trees in five city parks, Calf Pasture Beach, Shady Beach, Mathews Park, Rosa Parks Arboretum and Cranbury Park. 


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