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Tree Canopy

Maintaining a healthy urban forest provides a variety of long-term benefits to St. Pete including environmental enhancements, economic savings, climate resilience, neighborhood character, wildlife habitat, and much more.
What we’re doing: We are working on a city-wide tree canopy analysis to help showcase the big picture, set tree canopy goals, and track gains and losses. An initial tree canopy analysis has been drafted and the technical report and executive summary will be shared soon.

Fast facts about St. Pete’s Tree Canopy

  • It covers 27.24% of St. Pete’s land area. That’s an increase of 3.4% - 4.9% from the 1975 estimate of 22.1% - 23.56%
  • It’s valued at nearly $11 million annually plus an additional $53 million over the course of the trees’ lifetime
  • Sequesters 9,971 metric tons of carbon every year. That’s equal to the greenhouse gas emissions from 2,154 passenger vehicles driven for one year

City-wide tree canopy and green infrastructure goals

  • 85% of St. Pete population to live within 1/3 mile of green infrastructure and tree canopy
  • Establish percentage goals for area of green stormwater infrastructure
  • 50%+ of the city is green permeable open space
  • Preserve and increase vegetation, and restore native vegetation

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