Houston's Urban Forest: App Tracks Trees Among Us


The largest city in the largest state in America has an urban forest to match. And now, for the first time, information about Houston’s trees is available online. The My City’s Trees web application is a free tool that makes community tree data easily accessible.

With just a few clicks of a mouse, anyone with access to the Internet can explore Houston’s urban forest, the benefits it provides and the contributions trees make to the environment, economy and the well-being of the city’s residents. One key benefit measured in the application is the amount of energy-savings that trees produce for the community.

The Texas A&M Forest Service My City’s Trees app is based on data gathered through the Urban Forest Inventory and Analysis program.

Urban FIA data reveals information about Houston’s urban forest such as tree species, age range and canopy cover provided by trees. With regular surveys, My City’s Trees will compare that data over time, showing change — including that resulting from urban forest management decisions.



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