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Tree Report Card 2020

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Tree Report Card 2019

This years report focuses on empowering DC’s future generations through trees. When we teach younger generations about the value of trees and green space now, we will ensure that our city’s lush tree filled legacy continues. Read the full report

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Tree Report Card 2018

This reporting year has seen continued progress in D.C.’s 20-year effort to improve the abundance and health of its trees. The overall grade of an A means that investments in tree planting, care and protection remain strong. Read the full Report.

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Advocacy Works: Climate Ready DC

Back in 2016 the District Department of Energy and the Environment (DOEE) drafted the Climate Ready D.C. Plan. The goal of that plan was to identify strategies to protect communities from the effects of climate change. During the public engagement period Casey Trees staff and volunteers worked with the city to identify how trees could …

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Tree Report Card 2017

Casey Trees is a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit committed to restoring, enhancing and protecting the tree canopy of our nation’s capital. We pursue our mission through community action, education, and research. Casey Trees’ Tree Report Card measures the quantity and condition of D.C.’s trees and the collective efforts of all groups and individuals working to achieve …

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Tree Report Card 2015

Over the past decade, the District and its partners have accomplished a great deal toward achieving the city’s 40 percent canopy goal. One example is particularly telling — tree planting numbers have skyrocketed. In 2008, the year we first started tracking tree numbers, partners collectively planted 4,000 trees. In 2015, tree planting numbers exceeded 12,000. …

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Tree Report Card 2014

The Sustainable DC Plan (SDC) set forth three seemingly contradictory goals to accomplish by 2032: 1) Grow Washington, D.C.’s population from 650,000 to 850,000 people 2) Cover 40 percent of the District with a healthy tree canopy 3) Ensure that all residents are within a 10-minute walk of a park or green space Our city’s …

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Tree Report Card 2013

Washington, D.C., our nation’s “City of Trees,” continues to lose tree canopy at a pace that is imperceptible year to year, but alarming when looked at over the past half-century. Since its height of 50 percent in 1950 when D.C. supported a population much larger than today’s, D.C.’s tree canopy has fallen approximately 2.5 percent …

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Tree Report Card 2012

Five years ago, one of our board members asked: “we’re doing a lot of good work, but what are we trying to achieve and are we achieving it?” From that simple question, we developed the Tree Report Card to track the quantity and health of the District’s trees, and efforts to protect existing trees and …

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Tree Report Card 2011

Just as monuments, government buildings and vistas have helped to distinguish the nation’s capital, so has its trees. In fact, trees are so much a part of the District’s legacy that in the late 1800s, D.C. earned the moniker City of Trees. Unfortunately, D.C.’s trees have suffered because of decades of neglect and development. In …

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Tree Report Card 2010

The Tree Report Card, now in its third year, is the only independent tree and tree canopy assessment of A major U.S. city. it measures the quantity and quality of Washington D.C.’s trees and tree canopy, and public and private efforts to expand and sustain it. The main purpose of the Tree Report Card, however, …

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Tree Report Card 2009

This year’s 2009 overall grade of B- represents a slight decrease from last year’s grade of a flat B. The difference is largely because last year we graded ourselves against other jurisdictions; this year the grade was based upon goals set by the District of Columbia. That the District has set goals and is monitoring …

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Tree Report Card 2008

The Tree Report Card is the only independent evaluation of the District’s tree canopy and the first such assessment in the Nation. It grades DC’s trees and tree canopy on five metrics: Tree Coverage: how much tree cover is there? Tree Health: what condition are the trees in? Tree Planting: how many trees are planted …

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Tree Report Card 2016

Casey Trees is a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit committed to restoring, enhancing and protecting the tree canopy of our nation’s capital. We pursue our mission through community action, education, and research. Casey Trees’ Tree Report Card measures the quantity and condition of D.C.’s trees and the collective efforts of all groups and individuals working to achieve …

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i-Tree Ecosystem Analysis

i-Tree Ecosystem Analysis reveals the structure, function and value of urban forests. Trees provide enormous benefits to human health and the environment. Those natural woody plants standing tall on our streets, in our parks and in our yards filter air pollution, remove carbon dioxide, produce oxygen, absorb stormwater, provide shade, reduce human stress and increase …

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