Downtown Tree Inventory

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Purpose:

A tree inventory and analysis of Atlanta's downtown area was conducted for the City of Atlanta's Departments of Planning & Community Development and Parks & Recreation with several goals in mind:

    Gain a better understanding of the public trees and urban forest resources;
  • Develop a management plan to address short- and long-term tree maintenance needs;
  • Identify potential tree planting sites in public spaces; and
  • Establish a model for tree inventories in other areas of the City.

As the first public tree inventory of a large geographic area of the City, the study included a detailed evaluation of 9,004 data points: 8,465 trees, 116 stumps and 423 potential planting locations along public streets right-of-ways and parks. Detailed information was collected about the species, size, and condition of each tree as well as growing space and threats to trees.

Recognizing the economic, environmental, and social value of its extensive tree canopy, the City first created a tree protection ordinance in 1977. The ordinance protects the City's forest by requiring that trees be preserved where possible. When healthy trees must be removed for construction or other purposes and there is not enough space to plant replacement trees, property owners contribute Tree Trust Fund for planting additional trees throughout the city, ensuring a green legacy for the future.

The downtown inventory is not a substitute for a city-wide tree inventory because conditions differ greatly across the City's neighborhoods and business districts.

Please click to enlarge the "Atlanta, City of Trees" inforgraphics below.

Benefits of an Urban Forest
      Tree Inventory Purpose    and Location
     
General Health and Condition of Downtown Trees
Size and Age Distribution of Trees
Why Big Trees Are Better
Alternatives to Increase Diversity of Urban Forest

Top Threats to Trees
   
     


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