Urban tree canopy assessment results to be shared with public

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The City of Colorado Springs will share the results of its first urban forest tree canopy assessment of all the public and private trees within the city. The assessment closely reviewed aerial imagery from the late 1990s and compared it to imagery from 2016, to provide important data points regarding overall numbers of the city’s tree canopy over time. The assessment aims to help City Forestry, a division of the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Department, understand what percentage of the city is covered with trees, where gaps exist and how tree coverage can be planned more cleverly both now and in the future. In addition to the assessment, City Forestry asked residents to complete an online survey and share their knowledge and concerns about the city’s urban forest.

“Expanding the urban forest through tree planting and stewardship can result in environmental and economic health benefits to our community,” said parks director Karen Palus. “I want to invite residents to attend our open house and review the results of the assessment and public survey.”

Privately funded, the project is led by City Forestry in partnership with Plan-It Geo, based in Arvada, Colo., as well as the city’s water resources engineering and information technology departments and Colorado Springs Utilities. The public is invited to attend a presentation on the state of Colorado Springs’ urban forest:

WHAT: Urban Tree Canopy Open House

WHEN: Tuesday, Feb. 5th, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

WHERE: City Auditorium, 221 East Kiowa Street

WHO: Mayor John Suthers, Parks Director Karen Palus, City Forester Dennis Will, and Parks Manager Kurt Schroeder

For more information about City Forestry, please visit www.ColoradoSprings.gov/Forestry.