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.[1] 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.


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[1] State of Indiana. Indiana Department of Natural Resources. Division of Forestry. Indiana’s Street Tree Benefits Summary. (accessed Sept. 12, 2012).