Sacramento Urban Forest Fact Sheet
|Land area by acres*||62,180|
+Based on the 2010 U.S. Census
*Courtesy of The Trust for Public Land
Sacramento Urban Forest Facts*
- The city’s Urban Forestry section manages 115,000 street, park and city-facility trees.
- It’s estimated that by doubling Sacramento’s urban canopy, the trees will:
- Remove 250,000 tons of carbon dioxide 50 tons of nitrogen oxide annually annually.
- Remove 10 million pounds of air pollutants annually.
- Reduce air pollution by as much as 50 percent.*
- Nonprofit Sacramento Tree Foundation planted 23,000 new trees in 2010, which are expected to provide:
- More than $6.5 million in net energy savings.
- More than $17.6 million in air quality benefits.
- More than $2.6 million in hydrology benefits.
- More than $11.9 million in property value and other benefits.+
- Sacramento’s urban tree canopy is 17 percent.#
* As reported in “GreenPrint: A Regional Urban Forest Initiative,” prepared in 2005 by Sacramento Tree Foundation
+ As reported in “Sacramento Tree Foundation 2010 Annual Report”
# As reported to American Forests in its survey of the 50 most populous U.S. cities.
Top 10 Criteria
|Urban Forest Management Plan||Yes, completed in 1993|
|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 land|
|Tree Species Diversity Plan||Yes|
|Tree Ordinances||Yes, for both public and private lands covering hazard and historic trees|
|Comprehensive Greening Plans||Yes, including a Sustainability Plan and Climate Change Plan, plus its Greenprint Initiative|
|Types of Greening Initiatives||Protection of open spaces; natural resource restoration; active involvement of environmental stewardship groups|
|Park Acres per 1,000 People||10.87|
|Percentage of Land as Park||8.15|
|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.