Maintain your Canopy
The most important canopy to consider is the one you’ve already got!
The latest national assessment shows that on the whole we are losing more tree canopy than we are gaining. Tree canopy is lost each year due to development, storms, pests and diseases, utility line clearing, natural mortality, and other factors. Although some of this loss is unavoidable, communities can take steps to protect their canopy and promote its long-term health.
Sustainable local programs are needed to conserve and manage the urban forest over time using tools such as policy and ordinances, urban forest management plans, dedicated funding and staffing, Tree Boards/Commissions where applicable, and diverse public-private partnerships.
What works in your community? We are compiling case studies on ordinances and funding strategies that are good models for other communities – send us your examples!
Resources & Stories
Nationwide, over 3,400 towns have received their Tree City USA recognition and take pride in this distinction. In the Chesapeake Bay Watershed, there were over 130 recognized towns and cities recognized by this program in 2016. Read more.