Baltimore Ecosystem Study Institute of Ecosystem Studies

2011 BES Annual Meeting Presentation and Poster Abstracts

Collective Strategies for Increasing Baltimore City's Tree Canopy
Tyler, Emily

Abstract: Trees unquestionably provide invaluable benefits to the residents of Baltimore City. A healthy tree canopy not only reduces air pollution and improves water quality, but can also decrease asthma rates, cool high-heat areas, lower crime rates and raise property values. Unfortunately, our trees face increasing dangers from improver care, invasive species and many other factors which hinder the growth of Baltimore's tree canopy. As these challenges grow, the necessity of a collaborative planting effort becomes clear. This presentation outlines the Strategic Action Plan put together on behalf of the TreeBaltimore Working Group, including representatives from both public and private planting partners. By meeting the goals of identifying high-priority planting areas, coordinating planting and maintenance, and synchronizing resource utilization, the TreeBaltimore Working Group can have a measurable impact on our City's tree canopy.