The City of Colorado Springs’ City Forestry division has released the results of our first-ever urban tree canopy assessment.
City Forestry manages a living infrastructure of approximately 220,000 urban street trees and 20,000 park trees. An inventory of all tree assets is being completed as funding allows.
City Forestry continues planting trees in parks as funding allows. Here are some recent projects:
Colorado Springs has been a Tree City USA since 1977 for its excellence in urban forestry management.
City Forestry manages a living infrastructure of approximately 220,000 urban street trees and 20,000 park trees.
Mission: To manage our urban forest in a healthy, safe, and sustainable state, which maintains our original forest legacy, manages risk, and increases the canopy coverage for shade, stormwater retention and property value.
What we care for: Trees in the urban forest and the native forest of the wildland urban interface, including trees on street right of way and medians, urban parks, trail corridors, open spaces and regional parks.
What we do: Prune, remove, plant, inspect City trees for optimal health of our urban forests.
Colorado Springs’ urban forest canopy includes trees on public and private properties. This living infrastructure shades over 17% of the community and provides economic, environmental, and aesthetic benefits: $100 million annually in air filtration, $900 million in stormwater retention, $2 million in carbon sequestration, and incalculable moments of beauty and serenity. Our legacy of trees is 150 years old and still growing!
Learn more about our Urban Tree Canopy