Mandeville offers locals a blend of urban living and wooded landscapes. Located north of New Orleans and accessible via the world’s largest bridge—Lake Pontchartrain Causeway Bridge—Mandeville embraces a more serene lifestyle than its southern neighbor. Home to more than 12,000 residents and 151,000 trees, Mandeville demonstrates that it’s possible for communities of any size to have a dense urban forest.
Residents can take shade under the city’s 41 percent tree canopy to enjoy some of the community’s lakeside views or enjoy fresh air. Mandeville’s tree canopy removes more than 103 tons of air pollution annually and reduces energy costs from residential buildings by $81,000.
Additionally, Mandeville harbors the country’s oldest Southern live oak tree—Seven Sisters Oak. The tree is estimated to be 1,500 years old and reaches more than 68 ft in height.
Mandeville’s tree canopy is valued at $766 million. As we’ve described, placing an importance on community forestry benefits the city in many ways.
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