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Hartford, CT

Hartford has been designated a Tree City USA community for 20 years and awarded the  Growth Award  four times.

Bushnell Park CTThe “Insurance Capital of the World” and also one of the oldest cities in the United States, Hartford is brimming with rich history, like Bushnell Park: the first park in the world to be voted for and purchased by a city. Hartford is home to 125,000 residents and 568,000 trees with 26% tree canopy coverage.

The city’s urban forest removes 73 tons air pollution annually, saving $305,000. The clean air is motivation to take a stroll through any of the city’s parks or explore historic Hartford.

Additionally, the city’s urban forest removes 2,440 tons of carbon from the air every year, reducing greenhouse gases in the Earth’s atmosphere. The benefits the city’s urban forest provides are so great that it has a replacement value of $590 million.

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Honolulu, HI

Honolulu has received Tree City USA designation for 33 years and has been awarded the Growth Award twice.

honoluluWhen most people think of Honolulu they probably think of tropical climates and relaxing resorts, and while the city is a top tourist destination, there is more to Hawaii’s capital than sandy beaches. Honolulu—home to nearly one million residents–has tree canopy coverage of 20%, cooling the city from its warm temperatures.

When you need a break from water sports you might consider hiking some of the city’s old volcanoes. The Division of Urban Forestry is responsible for more than 235,800 trees, so finding a tree to take shade under shouldn’t be a problem when you need some shade. Additionally, Honolulu’s urban forest saves $47,000 in air pollution costs, so you can enjoy the view at the top without smog blocking the scene.

Furthermore, residents save more than $343,000 in energy costs as a result of the city’s urban forest. The dense tree canopy intercepts 35 million gallons of stormwater annually, saving the city more than $350,000 in stormwater management costs.

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Montgomery AL

Montgomery has received Tree City USA designation for 20 years.

MontgomeryMontgomery — rich in cultural history and heart of the Civil Rights Movement— is located along the Alabama River and home to 200,000 residents.  This state capital offers tourists plenty of attractions, including the Hank Williams Museum, Alabama Shakespeare Theater, and Alabama War Memorial.

Visitors can explore the city and take shade under the city’s tree canopy that encompasses 34% of the city.  Montgomery’s urban forest removes 3.2 million pounds of pollutants from the air annually, equating to $7.9 million in savings. In addition, the city’s tree canopy saves $454 million in stormwater management costs.

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Chicago IL

chicago ilChicago has received Tree City USA designation for 32 years and has been awarded the Growth Award 19 times. 

The Windy City is an alluring hub for the arts, culture, and entertainment. Home to 2.6 million residents and 3,5 million trees, Chicago has a character of its own. This lakefront city is also on the forefront of environmental sustainability, implementing green infrastructure and working toward a denser tree canopy, with current tree canopy coverage at 17.2%.

With so many attractions to explore downtown, one will appreciate the clean air the city’s urban forest sustains, removing 888 tons of air pollution annually and saving the city $6.4 million a year. In addition, Chicago’s trees reduce residential energy costs by $360,000, a sum that many would appreciate.

The benefits that Chicago’s urban forest provides to the city are valued at an astounding $2.3 billion.

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St. Louis MO

STLMOSt. Louis has received Tree City USA designation for 32 years and was awarded the Growth Award 16 times.

Home to more than 300,000 residents, St. Louis is a major Mississippi River port and a hub for manufacturing, trade, and transportation goods. With a proud industrial heritage, St. Louis is also proud of  its urban and community forest — tree canopy covers 18%  of the city.

The city of St. Louis operates more than 100 parks, including Forest Park which is one of the largest urban parks in the United States, surpassing Central Park in New York City. The city’s urban forest removes almost 700,000 lbs of air pollution annually, saving the city $1.5 million in air filtration costs. In addition, the tree canopy saves $39.8 million in stormwater management.

The benefits that St. Louis’ urban forest provides to the city are valued at $41.3 million.

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Tampa FL

Tampa has received Tree City USA designation for 32 years and was awarded the Growth Award three times.

Tampa FLLocated on the Gulf Coast, Tampa offers locals and visitors an array of outdoor attractions. Whether it’s a day at the beach or an afternoon bike ride through the city, Tampa is a hub for outdoor exploration.

It’s a good thing Tampa has an impressive urban forest to shade its city through the more than 100 days of sunshine it soaks in every year, with a tree canopy coverage of 28% and more than 7.8 million trees throughout the city.

Outdoor enthusiasts will appreciate the fresh air, thanks to the 1,360 tons of air pollution the urban forest removes annually, saving the city $6.3 million. In addition, the shade the tree canopy provides equates to more than $4,000,000 in energy conservation.

The benefits Tampa’s urban forest provides to the city are so great that the urban forest is valued at $1,465,600,097.

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Boise ID

CityBoise—the capital city and most populous in Idaho—is home to more than 200,000 people. Boise also happens to be home to one of the largest Basque communities outside of the Basque Region in Northern Spain, offering cultural influences to this western city. Surrounded by mountains and connected to bike trails, exploring the city has never been more encouraged.

Boise’s urban forest encompasses more than 23,000 publicly managed trees. The city’s forest removes nearly 7,000 pounds of air pollutants annually, providing cleaner air for its residents to enjoy. In addition, the city’s urban forest saves $331,000 in energy costs.

Furthermore, Boise’s tree canopy reduces stormwater runoff by more than 19,000,000 gallons annually, saving the city nearly $100,000 in stormwater management costs. In fact, the average tree intercepts 827 gallons of stormwater runoff every year.

Boise’s urban forest provides the city with more than one million dollars in benefits both environmentally and aesthetically, resulting in a replacement value of $88,266,102.

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Cambridge, MA

Cambridge has received Tree City USA designation for 22 years and was awarded the Growth Award 9 times.

CambridgeMA[1]Cambridge is a city full of historical charm and academic achievements, home to two of the world’s most prominent universities: Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. With a population of 100,000, Cambridge’s tree canopy brings a bit of warmth to this coastal town.

Cambridge has tree canopy coverage of 20% with more than 19,000 trees. The city’s urban forest removes as much as 171, 500 pounds of air pollution annually, saving the city $171,000 in air filtration costs.

In addition, the tree canopy collects 28.7 million gallons of stormwater runoff, saving $7.3 million that would otherwise be used in underground storage management.

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Cheyenne, WY

Cheyenne has received Tree City USA designation for 32 years and was awarded the Growth Award 16 times.

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Photo Courtesy of: Cheyenne Chamber of Commerce

Home to 62,000 people, Cheyenne is a cozy community with western flair, boasting the world’s largest outdoor rodeo. In addition to the array of western entertainment, Cheyenne also fosters an active lifestyle with more than 600 acres of park land (and tree canopy coverage of 24%) and 19,315 trees to explore.

Cheyenne’s urban forest saves the city more than $55,000 annually in stormwater management costs and accumulates $186,000 in energy savings. If you’re looking to enjoy fresh air then you’ll appreciate the 2.3 tons of pollutants that are removed annually, saving the city $8,000.

Whether you’re enjoying a stroll through the farmers market or a bike ride through the greenbelt, the city’s urban forest is something worth enjoying. In fact, it is valued at $34,596,242.

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Anchorage, AK

Anchorage has received Tree City USA designation for 8 years and was awarded the Growth Award eight times.

anchorage akHome to a population of 300,000 people, Anchorage offers breathtaking landscapes and unique wildlife not found elsewhere in North America. Forestlands are essential to the health and sustainability of the environment to the Anchorage community. In fact, the city has 59% tree canopy coverage, with 75% of that comprised from state parks and greenbelts.

Anchorage has dedicated nearly 14,000 acres to parks and greenbelts, including Chugach State Park—one of the four largest state parks in the US— and developed more than 250 miles of trails. In addition, the city has planted an estimated 30,000 street trees.

Anchorage’s forests remove 141 pounds of air pollutants annually and intercept nearly one million gallons of stormwater runoff. The city’s surroundings are adequate reason to relish the open air; whether you’re hiking through the Chugach Mountains or biking along trails, Anchorage inspires you to explore its forests.

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