Urban Tree Canopy Assessment (EPAN09)

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Urban Tree Canopy Assessment in the Eastern Panhandle Frank Rodgers, Cacapon Institute

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2. 3. 4. In the Bay watershed approximately 100 acres of forest are lost to the pressures of population growth and developmentevery day . Chesapeake Bay Program State of the Chesapeake Forest 2006 5. 6. WV urban areas per 2000 U.S. Census. 500 people per square mile (or incorporated area with same) 7. Berkeley Jefferson Eastern Panhandle urban areas 8. Trees in the wild provide benefits. 9. Trees in urban / suburban settings provide direct benefits. 10.

  • Trees:
  • Lowering heating and cooling energy requirement by providing shade in summer and blocking cold winds in winter;
  • Improve air quality by absorbing pollutants such as nitrogen dioxide, carbon monoxide, ozone, and particulate matter;
  • Reduce summer air and water temperatures by shading concrete, asphalt, and roof surfaces;

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  • Trees:
  • Protect from flooding caused by stormwater runoff by promoting rain water infiltration into the soil, preventing erosion, and generally slowing down runoff during rain events;
  • Protect sensitive aquatic habitat from rising temperatures by slowing stormwater runoff, shading surface waters, and minimizing the thermal shock associated with summer storms in developed areas; and,
  • Improve drinking water sources by taking up stormwater pollutants such as nitrogen from soil and groundwater and breaking down pollutants such as metals, pesticides, and solvents that could otherwise enter water reservoirs and wells.

12. Forestry 13. Urban Forestry 14. www.itreetools.com 15. 16. Martinsburg area Berkeley County www.mrlc.gov 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. Photo Interpretation 25. 26. Change Analysis 2002 2007 27. Change Analysis 2002 2007 28. http://www.potomacwatershed.org/newpdf/InfoExchangeJune07/PWP-FCPSGreeningInitiative.pdf Potomac Conservancy UTC Assessment 29. Potomac Conservancy UTC Assessment 30. Potomac Conservancy UTC Assessment 31. Urban Tree Canopy 32. 33. 34. 35. 36. Baltimore, MD, Franklin Square E.S. 2001IKONOS Baltimore, MD, Franklin Square E.S. 2007NAIP CIP w/ LiDAR 37. 38. 39. 40. 41. 42. Grant County, WV Richmond County, VA Lancaster County, PA Allegany County, MD Regardless of state or county schools are similar. 43. Frank Rodgers [email_address] 44. www.itreetools.com 45. http://www.forestsforwatersheds.org/ 46. http://www.forestsforwatersheds.org/urban-tree-canopy/ 47. 48. 49. 50.