VEGETATION ANALYSIS – CASE STUDY
CITY OF BELLEVUE, WA
The City of Bellevue, WA has lost 9% of its tree canopy over the last 10 years. In response, the city employed Sanborn data and American Forests’ software to quantify the ecological and dollar return on investment in new plantings.
The analysis quantified loss over time, measured existing tree canopy as a baseline, quantified ecosystem benefits, and recommended goals per land use. Modeling with CITYgreen software showed that a 5% increase in ROW tree canopy provides an additional 1.9 million cu. ft in stormwater runoff mitigation, valued at $3.7 million.
Bellevue will incorporate canopy goals into their green infrastructure master plan to mesh policy with existing city codes. This provides basis of the city’s action plan and priority expenditures to increase its canopy cover.
City of Bellevue Urban Forest Ecosystem Benefits
Storm Water Savings: $123 million
Carbon Sequestered Per Year: 2,582 tons
VEGETATION ANALYSIS CASE STUDY
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