Cleveland Tree Coalition member organizations are celebrating trees in Cleveland all week long. In celebration of the 150th Anniversary of Arbor Day, the Cleveland Tree Coalition – a collaborative group of public, private and community stakeholders that have partnered with the City of Cleveland to rebuild our urban forest – will host a series of …
Over 4,000 trees to be planted through community-wide effort In its second year of funding, the County will invest $950,000 into its tree canopy by funding 25 projects for tree plans and tree planting sponsored by area municipalities, neighborhoods and nonprofits through the Cuyahoga County Healthy Tree Canopy Grant Program. This funding will spur the creation …
More than 100 community members and activists joined panelists with the Cleveland Tree Coalition to celebrate Arbor Week 2021 and discuss the topic of “Growing Trees and Growing Equity in Cleveland.” The 2015 Cleveland Tree Plan set a target to increase Cleveland’s tree canopy cover from 19% to 30% by 2040. Although the region has …
Cleveland was once nicknamed The Forest City, but the city has lost about half its tree canopy since the 1950s. Tree canopy cover is low at 19%, only one quarter of what is possible. Each year an estimated 97 acres of tree canopy is lost. At this rate, canopy will drop to 14% by 2040 unless we act now.
Cleveland is in the midst of citywide neighborhood revitalization to improve the quality of life for all citizens, and improving tree canopy is an important element in that transformation. Trees are a critical piece of our community: trees make us healthier and safer, add economic value to our homes and businesses, help us meet environmental challenges, and provide critical wildlife habitat.
The Cleveland Tree Plan is a community-wide collaboration to rebuild the urban forest through partnership.
Download the full findings of the Cleveland Tree Plan using the links below. In addition to the Plan, resources were provided in the form of several appendices that provide expert guidance on tree species selection, planting with a purpose, and more.
This 2020 Tree Canopy Progress Report is a supplement to the Cleveland Tree Plan that: (1) reviews progress in implementing the 2015 Cleveland Tree Plan; (2) utilizes the 2019 Cuyahoga County Urban Tree Canopy Assessment data to evaluate the current state of Cleveland’s urban forest and highlight changes in tree canopy between 2011 and 2017; (3) updates calculations on the benefits of Cleveland’s urban forest based on the most recent models and research; (4) updates the socio-economic and public health framework for neighborhood canopy action; (5) provides new recommendations to help reverse the canopy loss trend in Cleveland.
The Cleveland Tree Plan analyzes tree canopy data published for Cuyahoga County, Ohio, in 2013. The Plan provides more detailed analysis of tree cover and tree benefits by neighborhood and outlines a roadmap for rebuilding Cleveland’s urban forest through partnership, to help Cleveland reclaim its identity as “The Forest City”.
A growing body of research and documentation validates the critical role that a robust urban tree canopy plays in providing an environment that contributes to residents’ health and economic well-being as well as helping to meet the many environmental and ecological challenges that impact their daily lives.
By improving air quality and reducing the heat island effect of paving and buildings, trees have been proven to improve oxygen levels, reduce asthma and other respiratory issues, and reduce violence in neighborhoods as tree canopy increases.
Trees and landscaping around residential and business properties reduce heating and cooling needs, as well as increase business traffic in commercial districts.
Trees slow the flow and quantity of rainwater that enters storm drains and reduce the quantity of pollutants that enter our waterways. Additionally, the ability of trees to absorb carbon dioxide and store carbon helps combat the increasing impacts of a changing climate.
A larger tree canopy increases urban wildlife habitat for song birds, small mammals, and pollinators. A healthy urban forest is a critical component of wildlife, air, water, soil, and other conservation efforts.