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Grand Rapids, MI

Grand Rapids has been a designated Tree City USA community for 17 years and Growth Award recipient twice.

Grand Rapids MIHome to nearly 200,000 people and five of the world’s leading furniture-manufacturing centers, Grand Rapids is also a major lumber and forest products center. Grand Rapids understands the importance of sustainable forestry to its economy, and values its urban forest, boasting 1.3 million trees equating to tree canopy coverage of 34%.

In addition to its industrial culture, the city offers tourist attractions such as the Van Andel Museum Center— one of the oldest history museums in the United States— and Blandford Nature Center. You can feel comfortable exploring Grand Rapids knowing that the city’s tree canopy produces an estimated 13,700 tons of oxygen per year. Additionally, it removes 236 tons of pollution saving $5.34 million a year in air filtration costs. The urban forest also lowers energy costs by $650,000 a year as a result of the shade produced by the trees.

Grand Rapid’s urban forest has a structural value of $791 million.

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Baltimore, MD

Baltimore has been designated a Tree City USA community for 31 years and awarded the  Growth Award 14 times.

Baltimore MDBaltimore is home to more than 600,000 residents, and adorned with more than 2.8 million trees throughout the city.  Harboring the second largest seaport in the Mid-Atlantic, Baltimore also boasts a vibrant cultural arts scene.

In addition to the arts, the city offers an array of outdoor activities including the Cylburn Arboretum, so you can brush up on your tree knowledge as you discover this city park. The arboretum isn’t the only place Baltimore houses trees; the city has a current canopy of 27% with a goal to reach 40% tree canopy coverage.

Baltimore’s urban canopy saves the city $3.3 million in energy costs and removes 700 tons of air pollution annually, totaling $3.8 million in air filtration cost savings. The benefits provided by the urban forest are so great that it has a replacement value of $3.4 billion.

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Charleston, SC

Charleston has been designated a Tree City USA community for 34 years and awarded the  Growth Award once.

Charleston SCWith a population nearing 130,000 people, Charleston’s southern charm and rich history attract thousands of visitors every year. In 2011 Travel + Leisure named Charleston “America’s Most Friendly” city, and in 2013 & 2014, Conde Nast Traveler ranked Charleston the #1 city in the US. This Southern city offers numerous outdoor sports, and great cuisine options. In addition to its tourist attractions, Charleston also places emphasis on its urban forestry with more than 15,244 public trees inventoried and maintained by the city, in addition to 35,000 trees located in parks and open spaces.

Angel Oak Tree

Angel Oak Tree, Flickr Jameel Winter

In addition to the city’s American history, Charleston also holds some of the country’s richest tree history, including the Angel Oak tree— estimated to be more than 1,400 years old— as well as Magnolia Plantation & Gardens.

So just how do these trees benefit the city? Charleston’s urban forest saves $171,406 in stormwater management costs and accumulates energy savings of $120,991. Additionally, the urban forest removes 6,104 pounds of pollutants from the air annually.

Charleston’s urban forest provides benefits to the city valued at $717,034.

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Wilmington, DE

Wilmington has been designated a Tree City USA community for 22 years and awarded the  Growth Award four times.

Wilmington DEHome to 70,000 residents, Wilmington is a warm community situated at the confluence of the Christina River and Brandywine Creek. Despite its modest size, Wilmington places importance on its urban forestry program, with more than 136,000 trees throughout the city and 16% tree canopy coverage.

Wilmington has a fair ethnic population, contributing to its cultural diversity. You can attend a number of cultural festivals in the summer including Italian, Greek, Polish, or African and enjoy traditional music, food, and activities.  While roaming downtown you’ll appreciate that Wilmington’s urban forest removes 45 tons of air pollutants a year, saving the city $291,000 in air filtration costs. In addition, the city’s trees reduce energy costs by $183,000 annually.

Wilmington’s urban forest has a structural value of $166 million.

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Virginia Beach, VA

Virginia Beach has been designated a Tree City USA community for 35 years and awarded the  Growth Award twice.

VA Beach VAHome to more than 400,000 residents, Virginia Beach is a resort city attracting tourists to its miles of beaches and outdoor activities. If you’re ever visiting you may spend your evenings watching outdoor entertainment or enjoying any of the numerous art museums. The city is taking initiative in its urban forestry, with more than three million trees scattered throughout, comprising a 36% tree canopy coverage. The city continues to improve its greenery; it has set a goal to reach 45% canopy coverage during the next 20 years.

In addition, Virginia Beach’s urban forest removes nearly 900 tons in air pollution saving the city $4.5 million in air filtration costs. Rainy days aren’t a problem, as the city’s trees save more than $1.5 million in stormwater management. The city’s urban forest has increased property value by $109.5 million annually.

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Providence, RI

Providence has been designated a Tree City USA community for 28 years and awarded the  Growth Award twice.

Providence, RIHome to more 180,000 people, Providence is one of the oldest cities in the United States, offering a bit of historic charm mixed with modern culture. The city is branding itself as a creative hub with a thriving arts community, diverse architecture, and notable universities, including the Rhode Island School of Design.

Providence is also setting an example in its urban forestry. The city has 415,000 trees with 24% tree canopy coverage. Additionally, the urban forest removes 91 tons of air pollutants every year, saving $3.5 million in air filtration costs.

The urban forest also comes in hand during times of rainfall, intercepting 31.5 million gallons of stormwater runoff, saving $281,000 in stormwater management costs. Additionally, the city boasts $591,000 in annual energy savings.

Providence’s urban forest is an asset valued at $582 million.

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Albuquerque, NM

Albuquerque has been designated a Tree City USA community for 16 years and awarded the  Growth Award twice.

Albuquerque NMHome to 550,000 residents, Albuquerque is a city fused with western flare and modern culture.  Despite its arid desert climate, Albuquerque manages to stay green, encompassing more than 1.5 million trees with 13% tree canopy coverage. The city also fosters a healthy lifestyle; a 2007 March issue of Men’s Fitness listed Albuquerque as the fittest city in the United States. Residents are certainly making the most of the city’s 361 parks.

In addition to healthy people, Albuquerque also produces healthy air, removing 366 tons of air pollutants annually, saving $1.1 million in air filtration costs. Contrary to desert stereotypes, the city receives rainfall; in fact the urban forest intercepts 11.1 million gallons of stormwater runoff annually, saving $3.42 million in stormwater management costs. On top of that, the city saves as much as $3.76 million in energy costs.

Albuquerque’s urban forest is an asset valued at $1.93 billion.

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Philadelphia, PA

Philadelphia has been a designated Tree City USA community for 38 years and awarded the Growth Award 10 times.

Philly PAHome to 1.5 million residents, Philadelphia is rich in American history and boasts ample entertainment options. If you’re looking to explore the city’s historic attractions or kayak on the lake, the city’s 2.1 million trees and 16% tree canopy coverage will compel you to enjoy the scenic views that Philadelphia has to offer.

As you visit the Liberty Bell or Independence Hall, breathe easy knowing that Philadelphia’s urban forest removes 802 tons of air pollutants each year. The city saves $3.9 million in air filtration costs and $1,178,000 in energy savings annually.

Philadelphia’s urban forest is an asset valued at $1.8 billion.

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Bismarck, ND

Bismarck has been designated a Tree City USA community for 37 years and awarded the  Growth Award seven times.

Bismarck NDHome to 67,000 people, Bismarck is a quaint community with natural history and outdoor activities. If you’re visiting this city you can explore its charming boutiques and stroll through Bismarck Urban Harvest—an open-air arts and entertainment market aimed at supporting local businesses— and find shade under the city’s nearly 18,000 street trees.

Bismarck’s urban forest saves the city almost $500,000 in stormwater management costs by intercepting 7.1 million gallons of stormwater each year. In addition, residents can appreciate the $84,332 savings in energy costs. Furthermore, the city’s urban forest removes 6,412 tons in air pollutants, saving the city more than $3,000.

Bismarck’s urban forest benefits are valued at   $979,877.

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Mississippi Celebrates Arbor Day in February

ArborWhile the national Arbor Day observance is celebrated on the last Friday in April, many states have implemented state-recognized Arbor Days that reflect the best time for planting in their region. Celebrating Arbor Day helps educate the public about the value of trees. With Mississippi observing Arbor Day the second Friday in February, we take a look at how some of its Tree City USA communities are celebrating the tradition.

Biloxi, MS—a recognized Tree City USA community for 30 years— observes Arbor Day with annual 5K,1 mile and-1/4 mile charity runs, jogs, walks and rolls hosted by the City of Biloxi, Disability Connection, and Gulf Coast Running Club. The Arbor Day run is one of the city’s largest events, drawing an estimated 800 participants this year.

biloxi arbor day runThe proceeds from the run help programs that support individuals with disabilities. Following the race, participants receive trees for planting at home in honor of Arbor Day. Combining nature with a philanthropic cause is a unique way to celebrate Arbor Day.

There will also be a number of tree giveaways throughout the state. Residents in Pascagoula can stop by Scranton Nature Center to pick up a tree. Certified arborists will be on site to answer questions. Tree species include chinquapin, catalpa, mayhaw, live oak, and baldcypress, to name a few. If you’re in Gulfport you can visit Lyman Community Center for a tree.

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