Increase Tree Coverage Toward 30 Percent In All Neighborhoods by 2025
Tree Canopy Assessment Will Guide Major Planting Campaign
The City of Philadelphia is creating a strategic and comprehensive plan to reach the Greenworks goal of planting 300,000 trees by 2015. With funds from the United States Forest Service, the City is conducting an urban tree canopy assessment. Using satellite imagery that is accurate to within one meter and LiDAR technology that can measure tree height, the survey will include virtually every tree in Philadelphia and identify the best opportunities for planting. In the meantime, the City is working to find nursery stock for the ambitious planting schedule and to revise the City's zoning code to encourage tree planting.