Tree canopy coverage is the area covered by trees when viewed from above. The urban forest is all the trees in Boston, across both public and private land.
POWER OF TREES AND TREE CANOPY
- provide intergenerational ties to nature and neighborhoods
- play an important role in cultural and spiritual practices
- improve mental health
- provide essential wildlife habitat
- reduce heat and adverse health impacts of extreme heat
- reduce flooding due to excess rainfall (stormwater)
- can improve water quality
- help reduce air pollution
- help communities save money via reduced energy costs
- can help lower carbon levels in the atmosphere to some extent, and promote walkable, bikeable communities
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canopy change assessment
SEVEN KEY STRATEGIESstrategies
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Open Space and Recreation Plan
Updating the seven-year plan
A citywide discussion on the many ways in which open space and recreation in Boston can be more responsive to community needs.
Heat Resilience Solutions for Boston
Preparing for extreme heat
This plan provides a citywide framework to prepare Boston for hotter summers, with particular focus on Boston's environmental justice neighborhoods.
Planning for heat, trees, and open space
A coordinated planning effort to cool the city, expand the urban forest, and improve the park system.