Assessment calculates value of urban canopy

Posted: March 14, 2015 

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Trees in Des Moines Water Works Park provide environmental benefits valued at nearly $370,000 a year, according to a recent assessment of the 1,500-acre park.

The inventory at Water Works Park is the first phase of a multi-year effort led by Tree Des Moines to count and assess the health of trees along the city’s streets and in city parks.

“The results of the Water Works inventory show just how much value trees add to our city and neighborhoods,” said C.J. Stephens, president of Tree Des Moines, a volunteer-driven nonprofit dedicated to protecting and expanding the urban forest. “This proves that every dollar we invest in our urban forest is money that comes back to us in so many critically important ways, both economic and environmental.”

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