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.
Street Planting and Care
The Forestry Division of the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board is responsible for planting, pruning, and removing of trees along the city's streets, boulevards and parks. The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board plants more than 2,500 trees annually along city boulevards and parks.
Urban Forest Policy
A collaborative effort of MPRB staff, City staff and other professionals involved with urban forest management in Minneapolis. The policy considers the urban forest an important city resource and promotes the benefits of preserving, maintaining and planting trees in our society and environment.
City's Zoning Code Chapter 530.160
The City's zoning code requires tree plantings and other landscaping when there is major development or redevelopment.
Last updated Oct 26, 2017