The Preservation Tree Consulting Group is Awarded a 2017 Bronze Leaf Award
Our new Consulting Group was honored to be awarded the Bronze Leaf Urban Forestry Award by the Cross Timbers Urban Forestry Council at the 2017 North Central Texas Urban Forestry Conference held in Grand Prairie at the end of February for our report on the State of the Urban Denton Forest.
A full report of findings and recommendations from Denton’s recently completed Urban Forest Assessment is now available as a digital report on issuu.
The “State of the Denton Urban Forest” report includes information on the current structure and condition of the urban forest in Denton, obtained through a citywide assessment of trees, and an accompanying benefits analysis. The project was completed for the City of Denton by professional research firm Preservation Tree Services, in partnership with Keep Denton Beautiful, Texas Trees Foundation, and Plan-It Geo.
Denton’s Urban Forest Assessment combined two state-of-the-art approaches to obtain the most accurate and detailed data possible:
- An i-Tree Eco Assessment, which makes use of a suite of software tools developed by the USDA Forest Service to analyze the attributes of a community’s urban forest, and quantify the environmental benefits trees provide.
- An Urban Tree Canopy (UTC) Assessment, a method that uses high-resolution aerial imagery to gain a precise picture of tree canopy cover, available planting space, and tree distribution. Together, these approaches constitute the most comprehensive analysis ever conducted on Denton’s urban forest.
Key findings from the project include:
- Total of 3,463,000 trees with a structural (a.k.a. replacement) value of $2.06 billion. This is the estimated cost to replace all of Denton’s trees.
- Denton’s trees provide $7.2 million annually in environmental services benefits, including energy savings of $1.6 million, and storage of 458,000 pounds of carbon (valued at $61 million) per year.
- Denton has an average tree canopy cover of 30%, with 46% of the total urban tree canopy located on undeveloped land.
- A total of 44% of Denton’s current land area is suitable for future tree planting.
- Denton’s most common tree species are Sugarberry (a.k.a. Hackberry), Cedar Elm, and Post Oak.