Benefits of Trees to NYC
New York City’s trees shade us in the summer, beautify our neighborhoods, help reduce noise, and support important urban wildlife. Beyond these priceless benefits, our urban forest provides us a concrete return on the financial investment we put into it. Our publicly owned trees are as much of an asset to us as our streets, sewers, bridges, and public buildings. Using formulas from the USDA Forest Service’s i-Tree software, we present some of the concrete ecological benefits and related financial value to the City in the NYC Tree Map.