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D.C. Lauded for its Tree Canopy

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D.C. Lauded for its Tree Canopy

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D.C. lush tree canopy was recognized by American Forests today, which put the city on its Top 10 list for best urban forests in the country. D.C. was joined by Austin, Charlotte, Denver, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, New York, Portland (Oregon), Sacramento, and Seattle in receiving the honor. This isn’t our first tree-related honor: the Arbor Day Foundation has designated D.C. a Tree City for the last 21 years.

There are 148,980 street trees in D.C., and the city is constantly getting more. (Overall, D.C. is has some 1.9 million trees.) According to the D.C. Department of Transportation, which houses the Urban Forestry Administration, 7,000 street trees will be planted this year; nearly 46,000 have been planted since 2005. According to American Forests, D.C.’s tree provide plenty of value for the city: “D.C.’s trees provide $3.6 billion in structural value to the city, and the $2.6 million they save in energy costs each year reduce carbon emissions by $96,000 per year.”

Much as we love our trees, they don’t mix well with some of our overhead power lines: after last year’s derecho storm, DDOT fielded hundreds of calls from residents trying to deal with trees that had come down.


Written by vaphc

February 6, 2013 at 9:10 am

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