You can read about our healthy urban forest initiatives.

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.

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.

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Minneapolis Sustainability


350 S. 5th Street, Room 315M
Minneapolis, MN 55415