Natural Systems

Number of Trees Distributed for Canopy Improvement

On Target On Target

160

trees/quarter
Result for Q4-17

On Target On Target

Natural Systems

Number of Trees Distributed for Canopy Improvement

On Target On Target

160

trees/quarter
Result for Q4-17

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

The number of trees given away has remained relatively stable over the years, due to the regular intervals of scheduled events and the yearly quotas of giveaways. At each giveaway event, the residents’ addresses are recorded and put into a database which tracks the location of the trees for analysis of the future tree canopy. In the near future, the Office of Sustainability will be working on projects to track larger, established trees with GIS and LIDAR software to capture a more accurate portrait of the City’s tree canopy. Although the trees given away will not immediately affect the tree canopy, due to their initial small size, this measure is meant to reflect canopy improvements in the long-term time frame as the trees grow. 

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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