Washington, D.C., Urban Forest Fact Sheet
|Land area by acres*||39,297|
+Based on the 2010 U.S. Census
*Courtesy of The Trust for Public Land
Washington D.C. Urban Forest Facts*
- The city has 1,928,000 trees.
- Most common tree species are American beech, red maple and boxelder.
- Approximately 56 percent of trees are less than six inches in diameter.
- The city’s trees:
- Remove 540 tons of pollution per year, valued at $2.5 million.
- Store 526,000 tons of carbon, valued at $9.7 million.
- Sequester 16,200 tons of carbon per year, valued at $9.7 million.
- Reduce building energy usage by $2.6 million per year, which results in value of $96,000 in avoided carbon emissions.
- Have a structural value of $3.6 billion.
- D.C.’s urban tree canopy is 35 percent.+
* As reported in “Assessing Urban Forest Effects and Values,” which was developed for Washington, D.C., in 2006 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||Yes, first completed in 2010 and reviewed every two years|
|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 and private land, as well as a street tree inventory and an iTree Eco survey conducted every five years|
|Tree Species Diversity Plan||Yes|
|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; a Green Infrastructure Plan is being developed|
|Types of Greening Initiatives||Protection of open spaces; natural resource restoration;urban forests for environmental justice initiatives; 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||12.40|
|Percentage of Land as Park||18.99|
|Quality of Civic Engagement||Good to 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.