Atlanta, GA (November 19, 2008)- Today at the Arbor Day Foundation’s Partners in Community Forest Conference, the US Conference of Mayors released their report titled, Protecting and Developing the Urban Tree Canopy. The report is a survey of 135 major US cities, 84% of which view their tree activities as part of their overall sustainability and/or climate protection efforts. The report was commissioned by the organization’s Community Tree Task Force currently co-chaired by Palatine (IL) Mayor Rita Mullins and Sacramento Mayor Heather Fargo.
The report also finds that community trees leverage the social, economic, and environmental value of cities, with forestry and related industries providing employment for over 1.6 million people and contributing $231.5 billion to the U.S. economy.
Also, a series of news releases, national news reports, and resource guides for mayors is available on the Conference of Mayors website.
Protecting and Developing the Urban Tree Canopy
US Conference of Mayors