Tree canopy refers to the percentage of a city that’s covered by trees when viewed from above. The great news is that we’ve successfully maintained our City’s tree canopy of 39%--less than a 1% difference between 2009 and 2013. It’s a testament to our environmental stewardship and value we as a community place on preserving the natural beauty that surrounds us.
Redmond’s current tree canopy of just over 4,000 acres includes:
More than 7,000 street trees along major arterials and in downtown
- More than 1,000 acres of forested park land
- An uncounted number of trees in private developments with protected Native Growth Protection Areas
- Many other trees in neighborhoods and on private property.
In addition to the shade and beauty they provide for our streets and neighborhoods, trees are also important environmentally in helping to reduce stormwater runoff, improving water and air quality, reducing erosion, and providing habitat for bees, birds, and other wildlife.