American Forests has named its top-10 list of the best cities for urban forests, and Washington, D.C. is on the list.
Along with nine others, D.C. stood out based on six criteria, the organization said:
- Civic engagement in maintaining the urban forest;
- Urban forest strategies and city greening to address city infrastructure challenges;
- Accessibility of urban forest and greenspaces to the public;
- Overall health and condition of the city’s urban forest;
- Documented knowledge about its urban forests; and
- Urban forest management plans and management activities.
D.C.'s trees, the org says, reduce energy costs by $2.6 million dollars a year. Local civic engagement around trees is "good to excellent," and about 18 percent of the District's land is parks.
To learn more about American Forest's rankings and D.C.'s trees, click here