Growing Shade

Tree canopy enhancement and preservation tool

Trees help communities thrive. From cooler temperatures to improved air quality and mental health, enhancing and preserving tree canopy cover helps to create healthy and resilient places. However, our region faces complex and interconnected challenges. For instance, climate change-related hazards disproportionally impact vulnerable residents living in areas of historic disinvestment. Serving our communities better requires a targeted, intersectional, and equitable approach toward tree canopy management.

Growing Shade combines local stories and an interactive mapping tool to inform tree canopy enhancement and preservation. The tool, designed in partnership with The Nature Conservancy and Tree Trust, allows users to generate reports based on various presets like climate change, conservation, environmental justice, and public health at a range of scales from city-township to census block groups. By combining different variables of your choosing, you can generate data to meet your specific needs, whether you want to set canopy goals for a community or produce supporting data for grant applications.

Please contact us if you have questions or feedback.