Tree Canopy

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Why This Is Important

The quantity and health of trees in Minneapolis are measures of our quality of life. In addition to making our city more beautiful, trees provide residents with many environmental, social and economic benefits including improved air and water quality, decreased soil erosion, increased stormwater retention, absorption of greenhouse gases and other air pollutants, higher property values, lower heating and air conditioning costs, more wildlife habitats and calmer traffic.

What's Being Done

The baseline tree canopy, measured in 2004, covers 26 percent of the city. The City has set targets to plant at least 2,500 trees on public land annually through 2015 and to have no net loss of citywide tree canopy cover by 2015. In 2007, the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board planted more than 3,546 trees and more than 1,800 additional trees were planted by the City and its partners on public and private land. The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board planted an average of 3,385 trees per year along streets and in parks from 2003 to 2007.

About This Measure

Data for this chart is from the U.S. Forest Service (Urban Forest Effects Model Study) conducted in 2004.

Last updated Feb 23, 2012

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