Urban and Community Forest Summaries for the Lower 48 States
NRS scientist David Nowak and others have recently published several important summaries of tree and forest information. The first is a summary and comparison of urban tree cover and its associated benefits in the lower 48 United States, Sustaining America's Urban Trees and Forests (GTR-NRS-62). The second is a compilation of tree and impervious cover data and population statistics for each of the lower 48 United States (in seven publications, GTR-NRS- 38, 47, 50, 54, 56, 58, & 59) using National Land Cover Data (NLCD) and U.S. Census data. Statistics are reported and mapped for every community, county sub-division, and county in each state and for urban and community lands. Ecosystem services provided by these forests and trees were estimated. This information was compiled by NRS scientists David Nowak and Eric Greenfield and should prove useful to those developing state urban forest assessments and plans. Several other parts of the Forest Service were partners in these projects: the RPA Assessment Staff; State and Private Forestry's Urban and Community Forestry Program, the Cooperative Forestry Staff, and the Northeastern Area; and the Pacific Northwest Research Station.