An urban forest provides great value in many different ways, such as increased property values, savings from decreased heating and cooling costs, reduction of air pollution, and erosion control. It is estimated that a tree with a 50-year life span provides nearly $60,000 of benefit over its lifetime. Other benefits are less easily measured, but not less valuable. An urban forest provides beauty that inspires us, recreation that refreshes us, and a contact with nature that lifts our spirits. The aesthetic and inspirational value of an urban forest is incalculable.
Burlington's urban forest, a mosaic of planted landscapes and native plants and forest, is a reflection of the city's health, well being, and livability. It is an important part of Burlington's character, giving the City a special sense of place.
The Trees & Greenways Section of the Department of Parks & Recreation manages the urban forestry program. This program includes 8,500 street trees, 3,100 park trees, and 150 acres of forested parkland. The staff of the Trees & Greenways section, including a full-time Arborist and three full-time Arborist Technicians, provides a wide range of services including tree planting, pruning, cabling, and removal. Our goal is to provide a healthy and safe community forest throughout our city.
The City of Burlington has received the 'Tree City USA' award from the National Arbor Day Foundation since 1991.
Branch Out Burlington is a volunteer group that works closely with the Burlington City Arborist in areas of education, volunteer tree planting and community involvement.