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Yeg Tree Map

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:

 Together these American Elms located on Saskatchewan drive save 1098.8 kwh of energy per year, filter 3927.8 gallons of storm water per year, and remove 1266 lbs of carbon dioxide from the air per year.  YegTreeMap estimates that these two trees save 666$ a year.

Together these American Elms located on Saskatchewan drive save 1098.8 kwh of energy per year, filter 3927.8 gallons of storm water per year, and remove 1266 lbs of carbon dioxide from the air per year.  YegTreeMap estimates that these two trees save 666$ a year.

 These two Swedish Columnar Aspen (excluding the small one on the right), located beside the arts barns on Whyte Ave, save 120.4 kwh of energy per year, filter 434 gallons of storm water per year, and remove 183 lbs of carbon dioxide from the air each year. YegTreeMap estimates that the two save 142$ per year.

These two Swedish Columnar Aspen (excluding the small one on the right), located beside the arts barns on Whyte Ave, save 120.4 kwh of energy per year, filter 434 gallons of storm water per year, and remove 183 lbs of carbon dioxide from the air each year. YegTreeMap estimates that the two save 142$ per year.

 This Manitoba Maple, located along the Belgravia river valley, conserves 154.1 kwh of energy per year, filters 516.5 gallons of storm water per year, and removes 160.6 lbs of carbon dioxide from the air each year. YegTreeMap estimates that this tree saves a total of 97$ per year.

This Manitoba Maple, located along the Belgravia river valley, conserves 154.1 kwh of energy per year, filters 516.5 gallons of storm water per year, and removes 160.6 lbs of carbon dioxide from the air each year. YegTreeMap estimates that this tree saves a total of 97$ per year.

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