New Studies in Urban Forestry:
The City of Tacoma released a new Tacoma Community Forestry Map that explores the intersection of trees, equity, and human health. The map was developed in order to help determine where tree planting and preservation can make the greatest impact, specifically from an environmental justice perspective. This DNR article contains more resources for Tacoma community members to get involved in local urban forestry initiatives.
Also, a first-of-its-kind nationwide Economics of Urban Forestry study from the Arbor Day Foundation, Forest Service, and University of Nebraska evaluated the “economic footprint” or urban forests. The study reveals that in Washington state, urban trees contribute to $2.9 billion in total quality of life and environmental benefits each year, including carbon sequestration, air pollution removal, and avoided stormwater runoff. In addition, it was found that 14,587 people are employed as a result of urban forestry activities in Washington (source: DNR).