American Forests completed an urban tree canopy assessment for East Nashville’s urban forest using data that describes the structure, benefits and values of the area’s street tree resource.


Nashville’s downtown skyline. Credit: Kyle Simourd

The annual value of benefits from East Nashville’s street trees is nearly $1 million; their replacement value is more than $36 million. Study findings suggest the need for a more comprehensive tree inventory to assess, identify and prioritize tree maintenance needs.

Key Findings:

  • East Nashville’s 11,130 street trees provide more than $1 million in cumulative benefits each year. These benefits include:
    • 2,008 tons of CO2 sequestered and 434 tons avoided as a result of reduced energy use.
    • 37.5 million gallons of stormwater intercepted, at a value of more than $370,000, improving water quality and helping protect the Cumberland River.
  • For every dollar invested in East Nashville’s street trees, the community receives $6.91 in benefits.
  • East Nashville’s street trees provide more than 200 acres of canopy cover, shading around 12 percent of streets and sidewalks.
  • The trees’ replacement cost would be more than $48 million.

Read the full Assessment Report.

Tree Planting Events:
American Forests and local partners will work with the community in Fall 2014 to have coordinated successful restoration plantings. Previous restoration projects occurred in:

Additional resources for Nashville’s urban forest:
Connect with our local partners for more information on the city’s urban forest: