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 18%, less than one-fifth of what is possible. Each year an estimated 75 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”.
Cleveland Tree Plan Appendices
- Cleveland Tree Plan Appendix A – Tree Selection Guide (2020 update)
- Cleveland Tree Plan Appendix B – How to Plant with Purpose: Trees for Neighborhood Equity
- Cleveland Tree Plan Appendix C – Players (Click here for a list of current stakeholders)
- Cleveland Tree Plan Appendix D – Methods
- Cleveland Tree Plan Appendix E – Data Tables, Maps, and Other Information
- Cleveland Tree Plan Appendix F – Glossary
- Cleveland Tree Plan Appendix G – References