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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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Washington, DC

DCWashington D.C. has been a recognized Tree City USA community for 23 years and a five-time Tree City USA Growth Award recipient.

With a population of 600,000, the District of Columbia demonstrates its dedication to strengthening its urban forestry program as much as it does to policy making. Boasting a tree canopy coverage at 35 percent, locals are able to find shade under any of the city’s 1.9 million trees with ease.

If you’re looking to visit the nation’s capital city you might want to plan your trip in the spring to coincide with the National Cherry Blossom Festival—one of the nation’s greatest springtime celebrations.

When you’re not enjoying the fresh scent of Japanese Cherry Blossoms you might take notice of the clean air; D.C.’s treescape removes 540 tons of pollution every year. In addition to attracting thousands of tourists, the urban canopy saves $2.6 million in energy usage annually and has a structural value of $3.6 billion.

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Austin, TX

austin txAustin has received Tree City USA designation for 22 years and has been awarded the Growth Award twice.

Austin is celebrated for its foodies, historians, and tech geeks. With nearly 15,000 trees spread across the city, Austinites have plenty of options to enjoy shade under the city’s 30 percent tree canopy.

The cuisine scene isn’t the only diverse attraction in the city, as Austin’s urban and community forest is comprised of nearly 200 different tree species including popular choices such as crape myrtles, southern live oaks, and cedar elms. Diverse treescapes make picnicking more enjoyable in any of the local parks that account for 18 percent of the city. With regular sunshine and natural attractions, Austin makes it easy to fall in love with the great outdoors.

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Charlotte, NC

Charlotte has been designated a Tree City USA community for 34 years.

Charlotte NCA major US financial center, Charlotte is proving that its riches extend beyond currency.  Charlotte— with a population nearing 800,000— is home to 85,000 publicly managed trees and an astonishing 46 percent tree canopy coverage. Charlotte’s extensive urban and community forest provides the city with nearly $1 million in annual energy savings.

And the benefits don’t stop there, as Charlotte’s trees help save as much as $2 million every year in stormwater management. In addition, the city’s community forest has increased property value by $2.7 million.

Charlotte is establishing itself as a leader in both the financial services industry and in urban and community forestry. If you’re a fan of green public space, you might very well enjoy all that Charlotte has to offer.

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The Importance of Urban and Community Forests During Summer Storm Season

Natural disasters have a tendency to be intrusive in the least of welcome places. A city can never be fully equipped to combat the consequences of such devastation. As the anniversary of the destructive floods that overtook parts of Colorado approaches, we reflect on what communities can do to reduce the economic and environmental scars left behind from such disasters.

Tree Line StA dense tree canopy can help reduce flooding during times of heavy rain. The Tree City USA program serves as a practical guideline for cities desiring to maintain a healthy community and urban forest.

Trees serve as sponges during rainfall, soaking up rainwater. So when there are fewer trees there is more stormwater runoff. When shrubs and trees are planted along waterways they slow down flood waters, filter runoff from land, and reduce erosion in erosion-prone rivers. Check out our Trees Tame Stormwater interactive poster for a visual of how much a robust tree canopy helps a city during a storm.

Without trees, the rivers would eat away at adjoining property and fill reservoirs with silt. In addition, untreated sewage can flow into waterways, contaminating water supply and destroying natural habitat. Adding heavy rain into the mix only creates more stress and water overflow for the city.

Flat surfaces also contribute to flooding, especially in areas where trees are absent. Street puddleWhen heavy rain falls and storm drains reach capacity, rainwater has nowhere to go so it sits along streets and sidewalks accumulating in volume and damaging property.

If your community has a strong community and urban forestry program in practice than it is one step closer to mitigating stormwater runoff. To qualify as a Tree City USA community, a town or city must meet four standards established by the Arbor Day Foundation and the National Association of State Foresters. The Tree City USA program is a key component of a healthy urban and community forestry program.

Is your community a Tree City USA recognized community?