Urban Forest Cover
Urban Forest Cover or Canopy Cover is the layer of leaves, branches, and stems of trees that cover the ground when viewed from above.
The principal aim of a canopy cover assessment is to help decision makers understand the urban forest resource, particularly the amount of tree canopy that currently exists and the potential amount that could exist.
Measuring canopy cover has helped city planners, urban foresters, mayors, councils, local authorities, and communities see trees and forests in a new way, focusing attention on green infrastructure as a key component of community planning, sustainability and resilience.
Urban Canopy Cover is an easy-to-understand concept that is useful in communicating messages about our urban forests with both the public and policy makers.
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