The ranking is based on six criteria: civic engagement, strategic planning, accessibility to the public, overall health of the urban forest, documented knowledge and management activities.
This ranking is a big pat on the back for our partner agencies, volunteer stewards, and researchers who have contributed extensively to the planning, implementation and monitoring of Seattle’s urban forest. The American Forests report cites research produced by Forterra and the Green Cities Research Alliance. Published in 2012, the Seattle’s Forest Ecosystem Values report summarizes forest structure and ecosystem service values based on data collected throughout the City of Seattle.
The other cities recognized include Sacramento, Austin, Charlotte, Denver, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, New York, Portland, and Washington, DC. For more information click here!