A centerpiece of the i-Tree suite of tools, Landscape calculates the multiple benefits delivered by a community’s trees — from stormwater reduction, improved air quality, heat island abatement, student performance and public health. Users can overlay demographic indicators to determine where adding tree canopy can provide the most benefit to neighborhoods that need it most.
It’s free, and easy. But it takes some staff and volunteer time. Using overhead imagery and sampling software, users can create a sample-based land-cover map for their community, their neighborhood or their region. Investing about 10 hours will create a canopy map that’s 95+ percent equivalent to on-the-ground inventory.
A searchable database of research projects published by the US Forest Service, many dealing with urban forestry. Other relevant issues touch on insects, disease and invasives.
EPA maintains a series of web guides to all aspects of green infrastructure, from planning to funding and long-term maintenance. Especially useful to determine where and how green infrastructure and urban forestry can meet federal and state rules for stormwater management. Includes many case studies, tools and calculators.
With a variety of data layers, and more added frequently, Community Commons offers non-GIS users the opportunity to create multi-level maps that can pinpoint areas of poverty, pollution and opportunities to redress environmental inequity. Also covers health, education, income, housing, food deserts and a host of other topics. Free and Easy to Use Mapping Tool.
The National Association of Regional Councils provides an up-to-date directory of regional planning organizations. Many are organized into state associations of RPOs.
This guide is intended to help engineers, planners, developers, architects, arborists, and public officials understand how trees perform and interact in a stormwater management system, and the new technologies that are being used to increase the stormwater utility function of the urban forest, even in the densest urban environments. The presence of trees in a streetscape, neighborhood, and community can decrease the amount of stormwater runoff and pollutants that reach local waters.
Tree canopy cover was inversely associated with crime in New Haven, CT. A 10% increase in tree canopy was associated with a 15% decrease in violent crime, and a 14% decrease in property crime. These results add to the body of evidence suggesting trees’ crime prevention potential in cities around the nation.
Tax Increment Financing (TIF) is a special funding tool used by the City of Chicago to promote public and private investment across the city. Funds are used to build and repair roads and infrastructure, clean polluted land and put vacant properties back to productive use, usually in conjunction with private development projects. Many other communities have adopted similar policies.
Companies that exceed pollution caps must pay fees into a Carbon Reduction Fund. Significant proceeds, as much as $19 million, are devoted annually to urban forestry projects.