We envision that our surrounding forests and open lands, together with our urban forests, are healthy and adapted to local climate conditions, contribute to climate mitigation, and are supported by a broad sector of the community. We'll work together to enhance forests and local habitats so they're resilient and adapted to changing climate conditions and can provide a broad array of goods and services including: shade and cool temperatures, carbon capture and storage, clean and abundant water, diverse wildlife habitat, and renewable wood products.
Where we're heading:
News and Resources:
Our friend Dave Atkins has started a new blog all about FORESTS, with a special section on Trees and Climate.
Check out our Blog all about Urban Forests and with a map of tree canopy by neighborhood. Pretty cool.
Summer 2016. We have a new report, based on earlier work with the City of Missoula: Climate Change and Missoula's Urban Forest: a tree canopy assessment.
Local study finds that 13.4 % of Missoula is covered by urban forests. A collaborative group that includes Climate Smart Missoula, Missoula Parks and Recreation, the US Forest Service, and Trees for Missoula, worked on a study to map and evaluate our urban canopy cover, to learn which neighborhoods have more - or fewer - trees. Check out our infographic below!
Check out this report on Missoula's urban forests and climate change!
UM Students Calculate Benefits of Trees on Campus
"In all, the students marked 28 different trees around campus with the neon green tags that show their economic benefit to the school. Those trees alone totaled more than $200,000 in value over a 50-year period."
Kaimin article: Say Goodbye to Missoula's Trees
"Sixty one percent of all trees lining the streets of Missoula could be removed over the next 20 years, according to an urban forest plan presented to the Missoula City Council in April 2015. That's a total of 14,884 trees. The council approved $120,000 to fund the project through its first fiscal year."
Want to know more about urban forestry in Missoula? Click here
Check out the City of Missoula's 2015 Urban Forest Master Management Plan
Ready to Plant a Tree?
Check out the City of Missoula's recommended trees and shrubs for this community, which includes tips for planting and watering, and a list of certified arborists.
Ready to get involved?
Contact the Climate Smart Missoula Leadership Team at firstname.lastname@example.org
Trees are one of the best dollar-for-dollar investments a city can make. Read about it here!
Another win for cities with trees - from Minneapolis to Bangladesh!
Money may not grow on trees, but the benefits trees provide are worth a lot!
Interesting article about trees and heat islands from the east coast.
Urban forests also provide major mental health benefits.
Check out this video on the benefits of urban forests!
How are other cities managing their urban forests? Check out the "10 Best Cities for Urban Forest," according to American Forests.