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Urban Tree Canopy Analysis Helps Urban Planners With Tree Planting Campaigns

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Trees in cities may not look like parts of a typical forest, but they do provide valuable ecosystem services to urban and suburban dwellers. Tree canopies shade and cool sidewalks and buildings, thus reducing the urban heat island effect and saving energy and reducing air pollution. They also improve water and air quality and provide wildlife habitat. Trees make neighborhoods more livable and provide aesthetic and psychological benefits for human and other residents. For example, New York City’s Central and Prospect Parks are havens for migrating birds as much as for New Yorkers.

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For more information contact

Jane Hodgins
Public Affairs Specialist
USDA Forest Service - Northern Research Station
1992 Folwell Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55108


Last modified: July 18, 2011