Urban Tree Canopy
The City of Everett is committed to taking a comprehensive look at the City’s urban tree canopy in 2020. Everett’s forested parklands face the same kinds of pressures and problems as many urban forests, including fragmentation of greenspaces, an invasive-dominated understory that inhibits native species from regenerating, a declining tree canopy, and resource limitations on natural-area management and restoration. These pressures diminish the benefits provided by these valuable urban forests, such as reduced stormwater runoff, improved water and air quality, attractive communities and stronger property values, greenhouse gas reduction, habitat for native wildlife, and improved quality of life.
Everett’s vision is to have healthy forested parklands supported by an aware and engaged community in which individuals, neighborhoods, nonprofits, businesses, and city government are working together to protect and maintain their valuable public resources. The goal will be dedicated to measuring, managing and maintaining the urban forest while fostering appreciation and understanding of the long-term benefits that urban forests provide to the City of Everett.