Tree Canopy

Heritage Chinese Chestnut TreeOur urban forest cleans the air, shelters wildlife, catches water runoff, cools our homes, provides us with food and makes our city more beautiful. Protecting our urban forest is a challenge, with insects, disease and construction often killing more trees than we plant. A new threat is the emerald ash borer, an invasive beetle that kills ash trees, discovered in the city in 2010. With nothing proven to stop it, emerald ash borer is poised to destroy 22 percent of all trees in Minneapolis in short order.


  1. Maintain the city's 31% tree canopy level through 2015.
  2. Plant at least 6,000 trees annually on public land by 2015.

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Last updated Mar 13, 2013