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Urban Forests

Trees Help Cities

The benefits derived from urban trees provide a return three times greater than tree-care costs, as much as $2,500 in environmental services such as reduced heating and cooling costs during a tree’s lifetime. Trees are vital to the urban landscape, but they are under stress. Find out how you can help.

What are urban forests?

Over 130 million acres of America’s forests are located right in our cities and towns. Urban forests come in many different shapes and sizes. They include urban parks, street trees, landscaped boulevards, gardens, river and coastal promenades, greenways, river corridors, wetlands, nature preserves, shelter belts of trees, and working trees at former industrial sites. Urban forests, through planned connections of green spaces, form the green infrastructure on which communities depend. Green infrastructure works at multiple scales from the neighborhood to the metro area to the regional landscape. 

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