Denver, CO (July 13, 2006)- Mayor Hickenlooper of Denver announced his goal to triple Denver’s tree canopy from 6 percent to 18 percent tree cover by planting a million new trees over the next 20 years. This is part of an overall sustainability agenda that includes cutting water use, employing alternative fuels, and other tools. “Greenprint Denver,” Hickenlooper said, will impact nearly every city department in an effort to make Denver more sustainable.
ACT’s Denver member group, The Park People, has already announced the planting of the first 100 trees to contribute to the canopy goal and is identifying a strategy to help Denver achieve its ambitious plan.
This is a great example of what can happen when research, public policy, and advocacy come together to document tree loss and institute solutions. A 2001 satellite analysis conducted by American Forests (a national nonprofit member of ACT), drew the attention of public policy experts, government agencies, and local advocacy organizations to focus on the lack of trees in Denver.
The Park People uses the satellite analysis as a tool to educate and advocate for trees, gaining support from public agencies, businesses and the public. So far they have planted 28,000 trees in Denver.
“We are thrilled about the Mayor’s enthusiasm for enhancing Denver’s urban forest,” commented Patrick Hayes, executive director for The Park People. “We’re ready to help the mayor reach his goal and engage the public in the important work ahead.”
Mayor Hickenlooper’s Speech
Press Release from the Park People (PDF).
2001 American Forests’ Satellite Analysis of Denver (PDF).
Denver Tree Recovery (PDF)