Indianapolis – Introduction
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Indiana is not necessarily known for its forests and trees, but a 2008 assessment of the state’s street trees revealed that they provide approximately $79 million annually in environmental and economic benefits. It’s not too surprising that the biggest city in the state and 13th biggest city in the country accounts for almost 10 percent of these benefits at $6.6 million. Like many cities, Indianapolis has had to work hard over the years to achieve this level of benefit, and more work — and funding — is needed in the years to come to keep the city’s urban forest working for the Hoosiers who live in the capital.
References State of Indiana. Indiana Department of Natural Resources. Division of Forestry. Indiana’s Street Tree Benefits Summary. http://www.in.gov/dnr/forestry/files/fo-benefits.pdf (accessed Sept. 12, 2012).