Why Is Urban Forestry Important?

Urban Forestry is the management of a single tree or groups of trees located in an urban area.  This includes trees on public and private property, along streets, in parks, around buildings, or on a campus. The urban forest provides many benefits including job opportunity, natural cooling, increased property value, air and water filtration, storm water management, and increased human health and recovery. According to the Arbor Day Foundation in 2019 there were an estimated 5.5 billion trees in the urban forests of the U.S., providing a value of more than $2.4 trillion in environmental services and other benefits. If not managed properly the benefits of these urban forests will be lost and could potentially cost communities more money.

Urban Forestry is Metric’s newest service line. We use a team of certified arborists, biologists, foresters, and GIS specialists to works alongside local communities to tailor traditional urban forest services, ensuring cost-effectiveness while maximizing the benefits of the urban forest. With an in-depth understanding of local, state, and federal environmental regulations, Metric guides various engineering clients through the permitting process for tree impacts, ensuring compliance and project efficiency.

Metric Environmental can tailor our approach to fit each client’s specific need and vision. Whether you are a municipality managing a vast network of street trees or a community group nurturing a local park, we are here to help you unlock the full benefits of your urban forest.