SavATree in LA

SavATree’s Consulting Group has done some exciting things in the county of Los Angeles.

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Our goal? To analyze LA’s tree canopy for TreePeople, an environmental nonprofit doing amazing work for LA’s trees and sustainability.

Trees have been shown to improve water quality, reduce storm water runoff, decrease energy use in buildings, remove air pollution, enhance quality of life, and increase property values. Now more than ever, it’s vital for us to learn more about the tree canopy of cities

Together with The University of Vermont Spatial Analysis Lab and The Loyola Marymount University Center for Urban Resilience, SavATree used high-resolution remote sensing in combination with demographic and urban heat data to break down the study area for review

The end result is actionable intelligence on the state of LA’s green infrastructure that can be used to identify areas for improvement and preservation.

Here are some interesting things we learned about the trees in one of America’s biggest cities:

  • 25% of the city’s and 18% of the county’s land is covered by tree canopy.
  • Roughly 1⁄5 (18%) of the city’s canopy grows in 1⁄10 (8%) of the total land area. That area is occupied by just 1% of the population.
  • There has been a significant decline in tree canopy on residential land since 2000.

Improving canopy cover gives cities a chance to develop their climate resilience while enhancing community sentiment and public health. With this kind of data on their trees, LA County can pinpoint specific areas for improvement!

Learn more about the SavATree Consulting Group.

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