Portland’s urban trees are the soul of a city known for its progressive land-use planning an extensive green infrastructure.
Portland’s urban forest canopy is a complex, multi-species, multi-aged resource valued at roughtly $5 billion that produces more than $52 million in environmental and aesthetic benefits annually. Roughly 1.5 million trees grow on publicly owned property comprising just under half of the urban forest canopy. Publicly owned trees cost the city and private property owners more than $6.5 million annually to maintain and return $3.80 in benefits for each dollar invested in their care and maintenance.
Investing in urban trees provides a number of benefits. The presence of trees enhaces one’s sense of place and creates a more beautiful and inviting cityscape. (2007) Oct Portland Parks and Recreation.