Asbury Park, N.J.

Asbury Park, N.J., August 2013. Credit: Melinda Housholder/American Forests

Project Year:
2013

Focus:
Assessing urban forest canopy changes over time and damage from storm events like 2012′s Hurricane Sandy

Scope/Size:
Land use in Asbury Park city limits (1.6 square miles)

A rain garden developed by the Asbury Park Environmental Shade Tree Commission in Asbury Park, N.J.

A rain garden developed by the Asbury Park Environmental Shade Tree Commission in Asbury Park, N.J. Credit: Melinda Housholder/American Forests

Project Description:
This project is assessing the changes in Asbury Park’s urban tree cover in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. The analysis will show how the storm impacted the tree cover, including its effect on ecosystem service benefits to the community, such as air pollution removal and carbon sequestration. Using the completed assessment results, this project will also model scenarios for the future to inform strategic urban forests restoration work to best benefit the local community. Additional restoration funding for this project has been provided by IKEA.

Key Findings:

    1. The city had gained more than 35 acres of tree cover since 2002, which is equivalent to 28 regulation-size football fields.
    2. While the city lost some major trees during Hurricane Sandy, overall, the urban canopy coverage remained constant from 2012 to 2013.
New Jersey Tree Foundation Director Lisa Simms demonstrates tree planting for the volunteers.

New Jersey Tree Foundation Director Lisa Simms demonstrates tree planting for the volunteers during the September 28 tree planting event. Credit: American Forests

    1. The city’s trees provide more than half a million dollars’ worth of benefits annually through their work filtering air and water pollution and managing stormwater.

 

Tree Planting Event:
On September 28, American Forests and local partners Asbury Park Environmental and Shade Tree Commission and the New Jersey Tree Foundation were joined by volunteers from Bank of America and IKEA to plant 40 trees in the neighborhood surrounding Asbury Park’s West Side Community Center.

To learn more, read the press release about the event.

Volunteers plant trees for Community ReLeaf in Asbury Park, N.J.

Volunteers plant trees for Community ReLeaf in Asbury Park, N.J. on September 28. Credit: American Forests

How to Support the Urban Forest:
In 2014, we will be adding advocacy tools and other ways that you can encourage the care and maintenance of Asbury Park’s urban forest. In the meantime, connect with one of our local partners to help: