Urban Tree Canopy Report Unveiled
Urban tree canopy is a measure which, when viewed from above, refers to the amount of tree leaves, limbs and stems that shelter the ground, buildings, streets, etc. It is expressed as a percentage of the area that is covered by tree crowns.
A large percentage of urban tree canopy is sought by communities, because larger, mature trees provide greater amounts of tree benefits such as higher property values, energy savings, air purification, cooler temperatures, and community beautification. Part of the job of the Urban Forestry Department is ensuring that the urban forest remains healthy, that it is retained and continues to grow, and that future generations in Edmond have trees in their community to enjoy and benefit from.
This urban tree canopy study looked at the amount of tree canopy cover throughout various land uses. The land uses identified were Residential, Commercial, Industrial, Institutional, Transportation, Open Space and Undeveloped. While identifying tree canopy, we also figured percentages for other types of vegetation, water, bare ground and impervious surfaces. See the chart below for cover values generated from the study in each land use.
Edmond has come to the verge of a pivotal shift on how landscaping on development sites is viewed. Rather than just a beautification element, trees throughout the city can be utilized as environmental management infrastructure. By retaining healthy, mature trees and planting new trees, the future of tree benefits in Edmond may be ensured for generations to come. Developing active management standards for urban tree canopy in Edmond now can result in greater relief realized from urban tree canopy infrastructure in the future, when it becomes most vital. The City of Edmond has the potential to maintain, enhance, and preserve its local ecosystems and cross timbers forest by thoughtfully planning for and appropriately developing the community. You can help in this effort by keeping touch with us here and participating in our programs.
View more topics from the January 2013 Edmond Tree Mail message.