Washington, DC (April 27, 2009)- Casey Trees has just released their First Annual Tree Report Card and Urban Tree Canopy Goal. The Tree Report Card is the only independent evaluation of the District’s trees and tree canopy and possibly the first such assessment in the Nation. For 2009, the Tree Report Card Grade scored Washington, DC a grade of B.
The Tree Report Card, the only independent evaluation of the District’s trees, and the first such assessment in the Nation, uses five tree metrics – Coverage, Health, Planting, Protection and Awareness – to generate the District’s overall grade. Tree Health – the overall condition of DC’s tree canopy – received the one and only “A” grade. Tree Protection – regulatory and voluntary efforts to preserve existing trees – received the lowest grade, a “C”. Coverage, Planting, and Awareness all received “B”s.
“With the Tree Report Card, Washingtonians will have a yearly update on one of this city’s most precious resources – its trees,” said Mark Buscaino, Executive Director. “The Urban Tree Canopy Goal gives all partners an overall annual planting target, and we’re pleased by Mayor Fenty’s leadership endorsing this goal as part of his DC Green Agenda.”
The Tree Report Card was accompanied by the launch of Casey Trees’ Urban Tree Canopy (UTC) Goal of 40 percent by 2035. This UTC Goal requires the addition of 216,300 trees or 8,600 annually- an ambitious but attainable goal.
Washington, DC Tree Report Card 2009
First Annual Tree Report Card and Urban Tree Canopy Goal Press Release
Urban Tree Canopy Goal