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Overview
The trees that comprise the urban forest of Saint Paul provide a variety of benefits. Trees are our largest source of green infrastructure and enhance the landscape by providing shade to homes, roads and parking lots, and provide color, beauty and character to the community. Trees also provide benefits behind the scenes, such as the interception and storage of rainwater and carbon, the reduction of noise pollution and have proven to reduce crime and stress.

This page explores the various ways trees enhance our lives and provides insight into the urban forest of Saint Paul at various scales: the entire urban forest, planning districts, parcels, and individual trees.

With the emerald ash borer poised to dramatically change the landscape of the urban forest, Saint Paul Forestry is continually collecting data and searching for the best ways to keep the urban forest healthy, diverse, and green. 

The City of Saint Paul Urban Forest
existing canopy 2.PNG In 2010, the University of Minnesota Spatial Analysis Laboratory performed a land cover classification for the City of Saint Paul defining tree canopy, impervious surface, buildings, water, grass and bare soil.

The links below highlight the results of the classification. The documents are large and will take a few minutes to download.

Digital Classification and Mapping of Urban Tree Cover: City of Saint Paul {PDF}

City of Saint Paul Urban Tree Canopy Assessment 2011 {PDF}


Highlights
  • Tree canopy covers 32.5% of the total land area of Saint Paul 
  • 66.2% of Saint Paul is suitable for tree canopy cover
  • Residential, single-family parcels offer the greatest area for increased canopy cover

Canopy Comparisons: Chicago, IL 17.2% / New York City, NY 24% / Des Moines, IA 27% / Minneapolis, MN 31.5% / Saint Paul, MN 32.5% / Washington D.C. 35%



What is the value of the trees in your yard? Find out by visiting the National Tree Benefit Calculator.

Explore Saint Paul's interactive online map GISmo and learn about your parcel's present and possible tree canopy cover in the "Land Cover" folder.


Street Tree Assessments by Planning District
Saint Paul Forestry, with the help of iTree software (developed by the USDA Forest Service) have developed street tree assessments by planning district. The reports are derived from boulevard tree inventories and describe the environmental and financial benefits of street trees. Saint Paul arborists utilize the reports in planning for future boulevard plantings.
 
Current inventory work is focused in District's 1 and 4 with an update underway in District 6. Boulevard tree data is also updated at the time of tree maintenance across the entire city. Additional reports will be published as the boulevard tree inventories are completed for each district.

District 1 (Eastview, Conway, Battle Creek, Highwood Hills): Inventory in progress
District 2 (Greater East Side): Inventory complete/ Report complete
District 3 (West Side): Inventory complete/ Report complete
District 4 (Dayton's Bluff): Inventory in progress
District 5 (Payne-Phalen): Inventory complete/ Report complete
District 6 (North End-South Como): Inventory complete/Report complete
District 7 (Thomas-Dale): Inventory complete/ Report complete
District 8 (Summit-University): Inventory complete/Report complete
District 9 (West Seventh): Inventory complete/ Report complete
District 10 (Como): Inventory complete/ Report in writing phase
District 11 (Hamline-Midway): Inventory complete/ Report complete
District 12 (St Anthony Park): Inventory complete/ Report complete
District 13 (Union Park): Inventory complete/ Report complete
District 14 (Macalester-Groveland): Inventory complete/ Report complete
District 15 (Highland Park): Inventory Complete/ Report complete
District 16 (Summit Hill): Inventory Complete/Report complete
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