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Boise ID

CityBoise—the capital city and most populous in Idaho—is home to more than 200,000 people. Boise also happens to be home to one of the largest Basque communities outside of the Basque Region in Northern Spain, offering cultural influences to this western city. Surrounded by mountains and connected to bike trails, exploring the city has never been more encouraged.

Boise’s urban forest encompasses more than 23,000 publicly managed trees. The city’s forest removes nearly 7,000 pounds of air pollutants annually, providing cleaner air for its residents to enjoy. In addition, the city’s urban forest saves $331,000 in energy costs.

Furthermore, Boise’s tree canopy reduces stormwater runoff by more than 19,000,000 gallons annually, saving the city nearly $100,000 in stormwater management costs. In fact, the average tree intercepts 827 gallons of stormwater runoff every year.

Boise’s urban forest provides the city with more than one million dollars in benefits both environmentally and aesthetically, resulting in a replacement value of $88,266,102.

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Cambridge, MA

Cambridge has received Tree City USA designation for 22 years and was awarded the Growth Award 9 times.

CambridgeMA[1]Cambridge is a city full of historical charm and academic achievements, home to two of the world’s most prominent universities: Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. With a population of 100,000, Cambridge’s tree canopy brings a bit of warmth to this coastal town.

Cambridge has tree canopy coverage of 20% with more than 19,000 trees. The city’s urban forest removes as much as 171, 500 pounds of air pollution annually, saving the city $171,000 in air filtration costs.

In addition, the tree canopy collects 28.7 million gallons of stormwater runoff, saving $7.3 million that would otherwise be used in underground storage management.

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Cheyenne, WY

Cheyenne has received Tree City USA designation for 32 years and was awarded the Growth Award 16 times.

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Photo Courtesy of: Cheyenne Chamber of Commerce

Home to 62,000 people, Cheyenne is a cozy community with western flair, boasting the world’s largest outdoor rodeo. In addition to the array of western entertainment, Cheyenne also fosters an active lifestyle with more than 600 acres of park land (and tree canopy coverage of 24%) and 19,315 trees to explore.

Cheyenne’s urban forest saves the city more than $55,000 annually in stormwater management costs and accumulates $186,000 in energy savings. If you’re looking to enjoy fresh air then you’ll appreciate the 2.3 tons of pollutants that are removed annually, saving the city $8,000.

Whether you’re enjoying a stroll through the farmers market or a bike ride through the greenbelt, the city’s urban forest is something worth enjoying. In fact, it is valued at $34,596,242.

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Anchorage, AK

Anchorage has received Tree City USA designation for 8 years and was awarded the Growth Award eight times.

anchorage akHome to a population of 300,000 people, Anchorage offers breathtaking landscapes and unique wildlife not found elsewhere in North America. Forestlands are essential to the health and sustainability of the environment to the Anchorage community. In fact, the city has 59% tree canopy coverage, with 75% of that comprised from state parks and greenbelts.

Anchorage has dedicated nearly 14,000 acres to parks and greenbelts, including Chugach State Park—one of the four largest state parks in the US— and developed more than 250 miles of trails. In addition, the city has planted an estimated 30,000 street trees.

Anchorage’s forests remove 141 pounds of air pollutants annually and intercept nearly one million gallons of stormwater runoff. The city’s surroundings are adequate reason to relish the open air; whether you’re hiking through the Chugach Mountains or biking along trails, Anchorage inspires you to explore its forests.

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Mandeville, LA

Mandeville has received Tree City USA designation for 19 years and has been awarded the Growth Award six times.

7 seven sisters live oakMandeville offers locals a blend of urban living and wooded landscapes. Located north of New Orleans and accessible via the world’s largest bridge—Lake Pontchartrain Causeway Bridge—Mandeville embraces a more serene lifestyle than its southern neighbor. Home to more than 12,000 residents and 151,000 trees, Mandeville demonstrates that it’s possible for communities of any size to have a dense urban forest.

Residents can take shade under the city’s 41 percent tree canopy to enjoy some of the community’s lakeside views or enjoy fresh air. Mandeville’s tree canopy removes more than 103 tons of air pollution annually and reduces energy costs from residential buildings by $81,000.

Additionally, Mandeville harbors the country’s oldest Southern live oak tree—Seven Sisters Oak. The tree is estimated to be 1,500 years old and reaches more than 68 ft in height.

Mandeville’s tree canopy is valued at $766 million. As we’ve described, placing an importance on community forestry benefits the city in many ways.

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Sacramento, CA

Sacramento has been designated a Tree City USA community for 37 years and Growth Award Recipient 10 years.

Sacramento CAWith a population of nearly 500,000, the capital of California is making a name for itself in urban and community forestry. The city’s urban forestry section manages more than 100,000 trees. The city estimates that by doubling its urban canopy, its trees will reduce air pollution by as much as 50 percent, removing as much as 10 million pounds of air pollutants annually.

With a tree canopy coverage at 17 percent, some estimate that the city has more trees per capita than any other major city in the world[1]

Local non-profit The Sacramento Tree Foundation has contributed to the city’s urban forest tremendously, planting 13,000 trees annually on private property in conjunction with the Sacramento Municipal Utility District —a recognized Tree Line USA for 14 years—and the help of volunteers.

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[1] http://www.sactree.com/news/83

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Minneapolis, MN

Minneapolis has received Tree City USA designation for 35 years and has been awarded the Growth Award 19 times.

downtown MinnKnown as the City of Lakes, it’s no wonder Minneapolis would take its urban forestry just as seriously, seeing that lakes and forests go hand in hand. With a population of nearly 400,000 residents, Minneapolis is a sanctuary for nature enthusiasts. The city’s 900,000 plus trees provide shade and urban canopy coverage of 31 percent.

Minneapolis’ fresh air—its trees sequester 8,900 tons of carbon annually— is enough incentive to bike along any of the city’s scenic trails and explore the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum or Minneapolis Sculpture Garden. The city’s urban forest saves more than $200,000 every year in energy costs. In fact, their urban forest is so integral to Minneapolis that it has a structural value of $756 million.

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Milwaukee, WI

Milwaukee WIMilwaukee has received Tree City USA designation for 35 years and has been awarded the Growth Award six times.

Home to nearly 600,000 residents, Milwaukee offers scenic landscapes and natural beauty for those looking for a quick escape. Milwaukee’s urban and community forest covers nearly 22% of the city and features more than three million trees.

Nearly 500 tons of pollution is eliminated from the air every year as a result of the city’s urban forest. That equates to $2.6 million in savings annually. The urban forest’s shade saves the city more than $800,000 annually in energy costs.

Whether you’re sailing along Lake Michigan or wandering through Milwaukee’s parks, the city’s vibrant treescape and fresh air are both positive attributes to which all cities should aspire.

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Portland, OR

Portland has been designated a Tree City USA community for 37 years and Growth Award recipient 17 times.

Portland ORPortland delivers when it comes to urban forestry. Home to more trees than people—1.4 million trees and a population of 584,000—Portland is a city of distinct character.  With more than 70 miles of trails and 200 parks within city limits, nature enthusiasts have no problem finding refuge in any of the city’s green spaces.

Portland’s tree canopy coverage is at 30% and reduces energy costs by $750,000 annually. In addition, the urban and community forest has served as a stormwater management system intercepting half a billion tons of water and saving the city $11 million in stormwater processing.

The community forest removes as much as two million pounds of pollutants from the air and adds more than $13 million in property resale value.

The overall benefit of Portland’s urban and community trees is such that their structural value is estimated at $5 billion. That’s a significant sum and an excellent return on investment!

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New York, NY

NYCNew York City has received Tree City USA designation for 18 years and has received the Growth Award five times.

This city of dreams has a vision of its own: it wants to be America’s first sustainable city. For outsiders, the idea of a greener New York may seem ambitious for such a congested social and business hub. How will the city achieve such a goal?

Through the implementation of an exceptional yet practical effort introduced by former Mayor Bloomberg called PlaNYC.

The plan— unveiled in 2007— brought together 25 city agencies to work toward strengthening the economy, combating climate change, and enhancing the quality of life for all New Yorkers.

This city of eight million residents is currently home to five million trees. Don’t be deceived by the concrete jungle, as nearly 40 percent—11,000 acres— of New York City is parkland. The city’s trees remove 2,202 tons of pollution per year. In addition, building energy savings equate to $11.2 million per year. Under MillionTreesNYC, the city aims to plant one million trees by 2017.

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