Overview

Research has demonstrated that trees provide a wealth of health, environmental, safety, and economic value to communities. Springfield’s tree canopy has experienced extensive damage due to the 2011 tornado and the city is losing about 700 trees per year. The City seeks to plant 11,000 trees on public and private property by 2022. These trees will need to be planted in a way that maximizes the benefits a tree can provide while minimizing the potential risks by ensuring they plant the right tree in the right place.

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Number of Trees Planted

We measure trees planted simply by the number of new trees that are planted. Trees need time and the right conditions to grow and provide these benefits. It is important that each year we plant new trees in the community so we realize the maximum value of trees as soon as possible.

Our Data & Goals
  • 29,768

     

    2017

    Baseline
  • 40,768

     

    2022

    Goal
Our Data & Goals
2017

Baseline

29,768

 
2022

Goal

40,768

 
Charts & Graphs

What Does this Chart Show Us?

The red dot in the graph at the left is showing the total number of inventoried street trees, trees planted on school property (not including wooded areas), and trees the City provided to private residents 2017. The green dot represents the number of trees the City aims to have planted by 2022. You can track where trees are planted in the City on the ReGreen Springfield website.

What Does this Chart Show Us?

This chart is showing us the number of trees planted (green line) each year from 2015 to up to July 31, 2017 and the number of trees removed (red) in those same years. As you can see, the City has been removing significantly more trees than it has been planting, meaning we are currently heading in the opposite direction of our goal.

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Strategies to Increase Tree Plantings

Through the development of the Climate Action and Resilience Plan (CARP), the following strategies were identified to support and grow the Urban Forest.

  • Identify and secure sustainable funding sources for annual tree planting.
  • Identify and secure sustainable funding sources for tree care and maintenance of public trees.
  • Focus planting efforts in neighborhoods with the greatest risk of urban heat island (UHI) effect and the lowest tree canopy.
  • By 2022, plant 5,600 trees on public property and by 2060 achieve 100% stocking levels and have planted an additional 55,000 trees on public property.
  • By 2022, plant 300 trees per neighborhood on private property for a total of 5,400 trees across Springfield’s 18 neighborhoods.
  • Secure funding and develop an incentive program for planting trees on private properties.
  • Implement a city-wide “best management practices for green infrastructure” policy

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