- Trees slow traffic and enhance public safety
- Trees increase property values, sales and tax bases
- Trees improve drainage and reduce flooding
- Trees save on energy costs
- Tress improve health and quality of life
- Trees improve air quality
Where Do Trees Fit In?
Programs | Policies | Practices
Who Cares About Trees?
Planners | Urban Foresters | Landscape Architects | Arborists | Engineers | Architects | Utility Arborists | Volunteers | Homeowners
Forestry & Environment
Tree Canopy Study
Longmont’s current urban forest was found to store 62,873 tons of carbon, sequester 489.5 tons per year, and when including stormwater & water quality benefits, constitutes a combined value of over $8,400,000.00 in savings to the city.
The City of Longmont has a current tree canopy of 1461 acres or about 8.7% of the citywide area of 16,704 acres. The impervious surfaces total close to 40% of the city (7766 acres), which includes impervious surfaces that are drained to a sewer and compacted dirt or gravel surfaces.
The current tree canopy report for Longmont reflects a value of $246,825 in air quality pollutant removal savings and a total carbon storage capacity of around 62,873 tons.
With an increase in total tree canopy to 25% coverage or an additional 2715 acres, the storage capacity increases to 179,696 tons with an additional 1399 tons sequestered annually based on tree growth. Moreover, the city realizes a significant cost savings due to the improved canopy ($705,441), an increase of $458,616. The payback includes tens of thousands of pounds of widespread air pollutant removal, greater than before health benefits, lesser costs associated with poor health, and an aesthetically more pleasing cityscape, just to name a few. Trees impact stormwater runoff in a number of ways. With an increased tree canopy from 9% to 25%, the city could potentially realize over $20M (twenty million dollars) in runoff savings and would require almost 10 million cubic feet less in water retention facilities capability.