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2021

Percent of citywide tree canopy coverage on public and private property

Status Indicators:
Proceeding as Planned
 Monitoring Progress
Reviewing for Improvement
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Status Indicators: Proceeding as Planned |  Monitoring Progress | Reviewing for Improvement | Information Unavailable

An increased urban tree canopy can offer many benefits to our neighbors including the enjoyment of public places and natural environment, increased property values, reduced heat island impacts, reduced energy bills, and reduced soil erosion. Due to the climate of South Florida, tree canopy coverage is also integral in promoting a more walkable and bikeable Fort Lauderdale as it will provide shade for a more comfortable and inviting pedestrian experience.

Urban Forestry staff classifies points from aerial images derived from i-Tree Canopy, Google Maps, and ESRI shapefiles into one of four categories - trees, water, impervious surfaces (buildings, pavement, concrete, etc.) or pervious surfaces. Each year, 3,000 random points are sampled to achieve a reasonable confidence interval for the results.  The program then calculates the percentage of each of the four categories. For the reported tree canopy coverage calculation, only the percentage of trees on land mass is used by deducting the percentage of water since trees cannot be planted in water. This is consistent with the recommended process to measure tree canopy coverage used by the Florida Forest Service.  

The target was selected to align with progress towards the goal of attaining 33% tree canopy coverage by 2040 as per the City’s Comprehensive Plan.

The 2021 tree canopy coverage is 26.5%.  This is an increase from 2019 and 2020. The City’s tree canopy coverage is currently on trend to reach the 2024 Press Play goal of 27.4%. Tree canopy may be influenced year to year by many factors outside of the control of the City such as weather, storms, development, and disease. The City try to increase tree canopy through several efforts including tree giveaways, planting projects and educational outreach on tree issues.

To calculate overall tree canopy, the City uses a web-based software tool, i-Tree Canopy, developed by the USDA Forest Service and their partners at www.itreetools.organd current aerial images from Google Maps utilizing an ESRI Shapefile of the City boundaries.

City of Fort Lauderdale
100 North Andrews Avenue | Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
www.fortlauderdale.gov

Office of Management and Budget
Division of Structural Innovation
Contact: [email protected]

City of Fort Lauderdale
100 North Andrews Avenue | Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
www.fortlauderdale.gov

Office of Management and Budget
Division of Structural Innovation
Contact: [email protected]