Root for Trees, a program run by the City of Edmonton, focuses on engaging the community while maintaining and expanding Edmonton’s urban forest canopy. The program received an Emerald award in 2017, in part for planting over 45,000 trees a year in Edmonton. While all these new trees beautify the community, they also have environmental benefits, including:
- Filtering carbon dioxide out of the air.
- Filtering storm water.
- Preventing soil erosion.
- Conserving native species.
- And more!
These benefits are amplified in Edmonton because of the city’s huge urban forest and the diversity of its tree and plant life.
Another project by the City of Edmonton, Yeg Tree Map, lists most of the trees in the city and gives interesting data on all of them, including statistics on each species and the annual environmental and financial benefits they provide. For example, the map lists the total of Edmonton’s trees as having conserved 49,885,053 kwh per year, which is translated to $29,142,914!
The map spans the whole city and features hundreds of different types of trees. Here are some of the amazing trees you can find on the YEG Tree Map: