New York Urban Forest Fact Sheet
|Land area by acres*||195,072|
+Based on the 2010 U.S. Census
*Courtesy of The Trust for Public Land
New York Urban Forest Facts*
- The city has 5.2 million trees.
- Two of the most common tree species are black cherry and sweetgum.
- Approximately 42 percent of the trees are less than six inches in diameter.
- New York’s trees:
- Remove 2,202 tons of pollution per year, valued at $10.6 million.
- Store 1.35 million tons of carbon, valued at $24.9 million.
- Sequester 42,300 tons of carbon per year, valued at $779,000.
- Reduce building energy usage by $11.2 million per year, which provides an estimated value of $167,000 in avoided carbon emissions.
- Have a structural value of $5.2 billion.
- New York’s urban tree canopy is 21 percent.+
* As reported in “Assessing Urban Forest Effects and Values,” which was developed for New York in 2007 by the U.S. Forest Service Northern 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||No, but there is a tree planting goal 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 Green Infrastructure Plan, Sustainability Plan, Climate Change Plan and Harbor Estuary 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||4.66|
|Percentage of Land as Park||19.51|
|Quality of Civic Engagement||Excellent, 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.