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Urban forests are the trees and treed environments in both urban and rural communities, on both public and private lands. Urban forests include trees in parks, yards, along pathways, boulevards, roads, other green spaces, natural areas and in some communities, local working forests. Urban forests are a key asset in supporting more livable, healthy, sustainable and economically vibrant communities.
A healthy urban forest is one of the only municipal capital investments that will appreciate in value over time.
ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability
Trees are a valuable part of the communities’ infrastructure and they return $2–$5 in benefits for every dollar invested in them. Trees also play an important role as integrated components of land use, infrastructure and utilities planning.
Trees and treed landscapes provide co-benefits that support climate change mitigation (reducing emissions by absorbing and sequestering GHG) and adaptation (providing shade, cooling, deflecting strong wind, and improving air quality.)
Urban forests help to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and can be used to manage some of the impacts of a changing climate in the following ways:
There are several tools and strategies that can be used to help communities enhance the values in their urban forest and address some of the challenges.
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