Why Tree Canopy?

Trees and forests play a vital role in protecting and restoring our Chesapeake Bay watershed. Whatever size your community, your local tree canopy provides an array of benefits that we often take for granted. Trees create healthy, vibrant communities – cleaning the air, reducing stormwater pollution, providing shade and energy savings, nurturing wildlife, and enhancing the local economy and quality of life.

Since 2003, the Chesapeake Bay states and partners have set goals for urban tree canopy, and in 2014 charted a new Chesapeake Tree Canopy Strategy to help communities make progress on these goals. Trees are a critical Best Management Practice (BMP) that communities can use to help achieve our “pollution diet” or Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL). Learn more about the new BMP credits recently approved for Urban Tree Canopy Expansion and Urban Forest Planting via this Fact Sheet and complete webcast/resources posted on Chesapeake Stormwater Network.

Featured Resources


Resources & Stories

New National Site: TreesandStormwater.org

Comprehensive national resource includes a document builder, hundreds of case studies, videos, methods and best practices, benefit calculators and other tools on how adding trees can boost overall system performance, often at lower costs.

Vibrant Cities Lab: new national go-to resource for urban forests

Article by Ian Leahy, excerpts reprinted with permission from American Forests Magazine, Fall 2017 VIBRANT CITIES LAB:  A State-of-the-Art Platform to Help City Leaders Harness Urban Forests America’s cities are experiencing a period of remarkable and exhilarating renewal. City governments, community groups, nonprofits like American Forests, universities and many other institutions are all working to help … Read More