Minneapolis Urban Forest Fact Sheet
|Land area by acres*||35,130|
+Based on the 2010 U.S. Census
*Courtesy of The Trust for Public Land
Minneapolis Urban Forest Facts*
- The city has 979,000 trees.
- The most common tree species are green ash, American elm and boxelder.
- Approximately 47 percent of the trees are less than six inches in diameter.
- Minneapolis’ trees:
- Remove 384 tons of pollution annually, valued at $1.9 million.
- Store 250,000 tons of carbon, valued at $4.6 million.
- Sequester 8,900 tons of carbon per year, valued at $164,000.
- Reduce building energy usage by $216,000 per year, which is estimated to
- provide a value of $16,000 in avoided carbon emissions.
- Have a structural value of $756 million.
- Minneapolis’ urban tree canopy is 31 percent.+
* As reported in “Assessing Urban Forest Effects and Values,” which was developed for Minneapolisin 2006 by the U.S. Forest Service Northeastern Research Station
+ As reported to American Forests in its survey of the 50 most populous U.S. cities.
Top 10 Criteria
|Urban Forest Management Plan||No|
|Urban Canopy Goal||Yes, supported by, but not mandated by, the city government|
|Quality of Urban Forest Compared to Others in Region||Normal, which means some biotic damage and invasive species, some anthropogenic disturbance and some chemical and runoff issues|
|Tree Inventory||Yes, covering public land|
|Tree Species Diversity Plan||Yes|
|Tree Ordinances||Yes, for both public and private lands|
|Comprehensive Greening Plans||Yes, including a Sustainability Plan and Comprehensive Plan|
|Types of Greening Initiatives||Natural resource restoration; urban forests as part of planning for runoff, erosion and/or flooding; active involvement of environmental stewardship groups|
|Park Acres per 1,000 People||13.39|
|Percentage of Land as Park||14.58|
|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.