With a population of 600,000, the District of Columbia demonstrates its dedication to strengthening its urban forestry program as much as it does to policy making. Boasting a tree canopy coverage at 35 percent, locals are able to find shade under any of the city’s 1.9 million trees with ease.
If you’re looking to visit the nation’s capital city you might want to plan your trip in the spring to coincide with the National Cherry Blossom Festival—one of the nation’s greatest springtime celebrations.
When you’re not enjoying the fresh scent of Japanese Cherry Blossoms you might take notice of the clean air; D.C.’s treescape removes 540 tons of pollution every year. In addition to attracting thousands of tourists, the urban canopy saves $2.6 million in energy usage annually and has a structural value of $3.6 billion.
Is your city worthy of #TreeCityUSATuesday recognition? If so, please tell us about it!