Natural Systems

Number of Trees Distributed for Canopy Improvement

Watch Watch

238

trees/quarter
Result for Q2-18

Watch Watch

Natural Systems

Number of Trees Distributed for Canopy Improvement

Watch Watch

238

trees/quarter
Result for Q2-18

Measure Description

As part of the City’s "10K Tree Giveaway" Program enacted in 2015, the City set out to distribute 1,000 trees each year until 2025 to increase the future tree canopy within the City limits. The Office of Sustainability hosts multiple tree education/giveaway events throughout the year in three gallon containers, which residents can easily transport and plant in their yards. This measure is updated quarterly, with a averaged target of 250 trees distributed each quarter. The near-term target for 2018 is 1,000 trees.

Measure Description

This measure will be useful in achieving our long term goal to secure a vibrant and robust tree canopy for the City. Trees provide a multitude of benefits to both people and the environment by sequestering carbon dioxide, reducing heat island effects and noise pollution, and providing habitats for plants and animals. Trees can additionally increase property values and benefit health by reducing glare and increasing walkability. By promoting the planting of native and Florida-friendly trees, the City will reap the benefits trees have to offer, which consequently will improve STAR metrics for the City.

Measure Chart

Explanation of Performance

While the number of distributions fluctuates quarterly, our annual target of 1,000 tree giveaways has been consistently met.  As of March 2018, the Office of Sustainability gave away 3,247 trees to residents across the City. This measure will be useful in achieving long-term goals to secure a vibrant and robust tree canopy for the City in many years to come. In the near future, the Office of Sustainability will be working to track larger, established trees with GIS and LIDAR software for a more accurate portrait of the City’s current tree canopy.

Status Indicator Definitions
On Target: Meets or exceeds expected performance
Watch: Falls close to expected performance
Below Target: Does not meet expectation; being monitored for improvement
Other Data: Data gathering only, no target

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