Trees are good for our environment
Our urban forest cleans the air, shelters wildlife, catches water runoff, cools our homes, provides us with food and makes our city more beautiful.
A University of Minnesota study found Minneapolis had 29.8% urban tree canopy in 2015. Excluding forested wetland areas, the Minneapolis tree canopy has decreased almost 4% since 2009 due primarily to the 2011 tornado damage as well as other extreme weather events such as the 2013 storm. Key initiatives and policies related to a healthy urban forest in Minneapolis are listed below:
City trees program
Since 2006, the City of Minneapolis has funded the City Trees program, a low-cost way for residents to help build the city's tree canopy. In the past five years, the City Trees program planted 13,000 trees in Minneapolis.