Denver Urban Forest Fact Sheet
|Land area by acres*||98,142|
+Based on the 2010 U.S. Census
*Courtesy of The Trust for Public Land
Denver Urban Forest Facts*
- Denver’s urban forest:
- Shades 19.7 percent of the Denver.
- Has 2.2 million trees equaling 3.7 trees per capita and 29.2 trees per acre.
- Saves 56,471 Mwh each year in cooling, equaling more than $6.7 million dollars in energy savings.
- Stores 310 tons of CO2 and sequesters an additional 14 tons of CO2 each year.
- Removes 290 pounds of air pollution each year.
- Provides $211.2 million in property value each year.+
- Denver’s parks:
- Retain stormwater, cutting the costs of water treatment by $804,000.
- Reduce air pollution costs by $129,000.
- Provide social benefits, such as reduced crime, valued at $2.7 million.
- Provide annual revenue to the city of $7.1 million, municipal savings of $3.6 million, residential savings of $517 million and a collective resident wealth increase of $48.7 million.*
- It’s estimated that Denver’s park systems have increased property value, cumulatively, by $30.7 million and have created $18 million net income in the tourism field. Based on a survey of 600 Denver residents, Denver’s parks contributed to $65 million in health savings by increasing physical activity and lowering medical expenses.*
+ As reported to American Forests in February 2013 by Denver Parks and Recreation Forestry Division.
* As reported in “The Economic Benefits of Denver’s Park and Recreation System,” which was developed for Denver in 2010 by The Trust for Public Land.
Top 10 Criteria
|Urban Forest Management Plan||Yes, completed in 2002|
|Urban Canopy Goal||Yes, supported by, but not mandated by, the city government|
|Quality of Urban Forest Compared to Others in Region||Better than normal, which means minor biotic damage and few invasive species, minimal anthropogenic disturbance, high water quality and good drainage|
|Tree Inventory||Yes, covering public and private land|
|Tree Species Diversity Plan||Yes, including some requirements on developers to plant diverse species|
|Tree Ordinances||Yes, for both public and private lands covering hazard and other trees|
|Comprehensive Greening Plans||Yes, including a Sustainability Plan and Climate Change Plan|
|Types of Greening Initiatives||Protection of open spaces; natural resource restoration;urban forests as part of planning for runoff, erosion and/or flooding; green jobs training; active involvement of environmental stewardship groups|
|Park Acres per 1,000 People||9.83|
|Percentage of Land as Park||6.01|
|Quality of Civic Engagement||Good, with citywide stewardship and neighborhood interactions|
|Tree City USA*||Yes|
|Conference of Mayors Climate Protection Agreement Signatory||Yes|
*Designation awarded by The Arbor Day Foundation to cities that have a tree board or department, a tree care ordinance, a community forestry program with an annual budget of at least $2 per capita and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation.