Forest Service research shows that urban trees store an estimated 21 million tons of carbon, which translates to an environmental service valued at $1.5 billion in economic benefit. Annual net carbon uptake by these trees is estimated at 21 million tons and $1.5 billion in economic benefit.
“With expanding urbanization, city trees and forests are becoming increasingly important to sustain the health and well-being of our environment and our communities,” said U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell.
States in forested regions typically have the highest percentage of urban tree cover. States with the greatest amount of carbon stored by trees in urban areas are Texas (49.8 million tons), Florida (47.3 million tons), Georgia (42.4 million tons), Massachusetts (39.6 million tons) and North Carolina (37.5 million tons). Find the whole list of all states at US Forest Service.
Unfortunately more urbanization does not necessarily mean more urban trees. Last year it was found that urban tree cover is declining nationwide at a rate of about 20,000 acres per year, or 4 million trees per year.
Therefor the important mission of the U.S. Forest Service is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations.