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Title: Assessing urban forest effects and values, New York City's urban forest

Author: Nowak, David J.; Hoehn, Robert E., III III; Crane, Daniel E.; Stevens, Jack C.; Walton, Jeffrey T.

Date: 2007

Source: Resour. Bull. NRS-9. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station. 22 p.

Publication Series: Resource Bulletin (RB)

Description: An analysis of trees in New York City reveals that this city has about 5.2 million trees with canopies that cover 20.9 percent of the area. The most common tree species are tree of heaven, black cherry, and sweetgum. The urban forest currently stores about 1.35 million tons of carbon valued at $24.9 million. In addition, these trees remove about 42,300 tons of carbon per year ($779,000 per year) and about 2,202 tons of air pollution per year ($10.6 million per year). The structural, or compensatory, value is estimated at $5.2 billion. Information on the structure and functions of the urban forest can be used to improve and augment support for urban forest management programs and to integrate urban forests within plans to improve environmental quality in the New York City area.

Keywords: urban forestry, ecosystem services, air pollution removal, carbon sequestration, tree value

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Nowak, David J.; Hoehn, Robert E., III; Crane, Daniel E.; Stevens, Jack C.; Walton, Jeffrey T. 2007. Assessing urban forest effects and values, New York City''s urban forest. Resour. Bull. NRS-9. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station. 22 p.

 


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