Institute of Ecosystem Studies

2008 BES Annual Meeting Presentation and Poster Abstracts

Urban Street Tree Priorities for Baltimore City’s Watershed 263
Roberts, Amanda
Abstract: This study uses a software application developed by the US Forest Service to assess the structure and health, as well as economic and environmental benefits of the street tree population within watershed 263, a 364 ha storm drain watershed located within the southwest section Baltimore city, Maryland. A sample inventory of city-owned street trees was taken from within the watershed and analyzed to compare that data to the city’s overall urban tree canopy assessment and goals. The survey found that the urban tree canopy cover within watershed 263 was poorer that that of the city as a whole and that increasing the tree coverage within the watershed would allow both the watershed and Baltimore city meet goals of improving air and water quality.