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Thanks to the New York tree map, you can get to know each specimen, its environmental contribution, and its maintenance status with a simple click.
While dubbed the “asphalt jungle,” New York City boasts a significant tree population across its parks and streets. Beyond mere aesthetics, urban vegetation emerges as a crucial asset in counteracting the impacts of climate change within cities. While we've previously explored how scientific progress aids sustainability, nature stands out as an unparalleled remedy for human shortcomings. In line with this, NYC Parks Department's novel tree map for the city reveals the condition and whereabouts of each tree and secures their welfare, marking a stride towards a greener future.
The digital tree map of New York encompasses slightly over three thousand hectares, spanning parks and urban areas without forests across the city’s five boroughs. The project extends its coverage beyond parks and streets, encompassing trees within historical residences, community gardens, and playgrounds. Users of the map gain access to details about more than eight hundred thousand tree specimens, including the following characteristics:
Additionally, the tool provides intriguing statistical insights into each tree’s economic contribution, quantifying factors like its role in reducing air pollution and conserving energy. This feature aims to raise awareness among the population about the myriad advantages of trees in their localities. The map also offers a mechanism to report diseases or damages sustained by specific trees, facilitating prompt intervention by municipal authorities.
Commencing with the inventory of specimens during the years 2016-2018, the New York tree mapping project has evolved into what its creators tout as the largest and most up-to-date record of living trees globally. The data collection owes its success to the collaboration of municipal staff and a dedicated group of volunteers. Recognizing the citywide benefits, they opted to transform this registry into an interactive tool accessible to all citizens.
Just as in a forest, each city possesses its distinct vegetation profile. As an interesting observation, the creators of the New York tree map have condensed intriguing statistics. Notably, the city accommodates over five hundred distinct species. Here are some of the most striking facts:
If you want to take a virtual tour and better understand the trees that populate the city, you have the tree map of New York here.
If, besides the map of trees in New York, you want to know other examples of how vegetation can improve the quality of life in cities, we recommend this article on the use of moss in vertical gardens or this one on a prototype of moss wheels that trap CO 2. As we told you in this article, trees can also become living architecture in cities.