Urban Tree Canopy


How the Urban Tree Canopy Can Save Lives in a Heat Wave

New research reveals the direct link between planting more trees and a reduction in heat-related deaths.

February 6, 2023 - Phys.org

Chicago Lake Michigan Trees

Protecting Chicago’s Tree Canopy

Advocates for urban greening are asking the city to boost its tree planting efforts and protect existing trees, which are a key tool for fighting the effects of climate change and worsening heat waves.

June 24, 2022 - Chicago Tribune

Pioneer Square, Seattle

How To Preserve Both Affordable Housing and Urban Trees

Housing and environmental activists are calling on the city to commit to a ‘Trees and’ approach, rejecting the perceived conflict between housing affordability and a healthy urban tree canopy.

April 26, 2022 - The Stranger

A New Orleans streetscape lined with mature Southern Live Oak trees.

Green Infrastructure Thinking for Southern Cities in 2022 and Beyond

Resilience planning requires communities to think of a well planned and maintained tree canopy as a public utility system with multiple benefits.

February 10, 2022 - Gaylan Williams

Portland, Oregon street

Redlined Neighborhoods Suffer More From Extreme Heat

The recent heat wave in the Pacific Northwest highlighted how historical inequities still affect the health and well-being of low-income and marginalized communities.

July 23, 2021 - Atmos

Trees on Street

Research Shows Urban Trees Stave off Depression

A new study shows that regular exposure to trees and green spaces has a powerful impact on depression and mental health.

March 22, 2021 - The Guardian


A New Study Asserts the Importance of Urban Trees in Conservation Efforts

Data collected from 13 million tree planting records in 473 urban areas across 73 countries provides insight into the role of urban trees in biodiversity conservation.

October 7, 2020 - Cosmos Online

Chicago, Illinois

Chicago Was Already Wiping Out Trees. Then the Derecho Hit.

An Urban Forestry Board is needed in Chicago to unsure the health and safety benefits of a flourishing urban forest.

August 24, 2020 - Chicago Tribune

Urban Tree Canopy

Louisville Updates its Development Code to Benefit the City's Trees

The effect of development codes can be felt in the urban tree canopies. Louisville is updating its code to stem the loss of 56,000 trees a year in the city.

March 12, 2020 - WFPL


Los Angeles Takes Steps to Grow Out Its Urban Forest

Los Angeles is rolling out a street tree inventory to complement other sustainability measures included in its own Green New Deal. The focus is on underserved neighborhoods.

November 12, 2019 - Smart Cities Dive

Parks and Open Space

Cleveland Launches Tree Replenishment Program

The city of Cleveland will hope to reap environmental and economic rewards by spending $1 million a year to regrow its tree canopy.

October 16, 2019 - Cleveland.com


Updating the Land Development Code to Protect Trees in Louisville

The Louisville Metro Council has tasked the Louisville Metro Department of Planning and Design with updating the code to preserve and add trees to the city.

December 18, 2018 - WFPL

Tree heart

Affordable Housing or Trees: A Tough Choice in a Wave of New Development

Environmentalists are up in arms after the loss of thousands of trees to make room for new developments in Nashville. Now a new affordable housing project could be the demise of the city's largest tree.

November 16, 2018 - Tennessean


San Antonio Branching Out its Tree Planting Efforts

The city of San Antonio has a lot of money to spend on trees but not a lot of places to plant them.

November 7, 2018 - San Antonio Express-News

Pioneer Square, Seattle

Matching Urban Infill With Tree Infill

Seattle shows how new buildings and new trees can be added to a city simultaneously—in fact, neighborhoods adding new buildings are maintaining its urban tree canopy while static single-family neighborhoods are losing trees.

September 19, 2018 - Sightline Institute

Downtown Dallas

Dallas Considers a Major Revision to its Tree Ordinance

Neither environmentalists nor developers like the city’s current regulations around tree removal, but there is praise on both sides for the “smart and nimble” new version.

May 18, 2018 - D Magazine

Berkeley Hills Bay Area

The Cost of a Well-Maintained Urban Tree Canopy Is Actually Pretty Cheap

In terms of its public health benefits, a flourishing tree canopy is practically priceless.

October 14, 2017 - ASLA The Dirt

Urban Forests

Comparing the World's Urban Tree Canopies

Seattle provides plenty of shade for residents to enjoy in the summer months.

July 17, 2017 - The Stranger


Tamping Down Urban Heat Islands

As summer temperatures rise and heat waves roll through, cities can take steps to keep cool. But shedding the heat may be difficult for urban areas designed to retain it.

October 2, 2016 - The New Yorker

Op-Ed Calls Density the 'Mortal Enemy of Trees'—Debate Ensues

A surprising argument from an article in Seattle publication Crosscut this week: density is the mortal enemy of trees.

October 29, 2015 - Crosscut

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