Austin’s community tree resource is an integral part of what makes Austin one of the most attractive cities in the country. As the city continues to grow and develop, the urban forest remains a vital part of the Austin landscape, quietly performing essential services.
Austin’s urban forest currently has over 33 million trees, all of which support the following benefits.
- Trees improve air quality by filtering out particles, absorbing carbon dioxide and releasing oxygen.
- Trees help reduce flood impacts by slowing and filtering rainwater.
- Trees contribute to connections with nature that improve people’s health outcomes and contribute to an environment where people feel connected to their community.
- Trees are good for business: Shoppers spend more time and money in shopping areas with businesses that have good tree coverage.
- Tree roots hold soil in place, reducing erosion.
- Shade from urban trees can cool the air up to 8 degrees Celsius. Their shade and wind protection reduce energy use.
- Trees provide food, shelter, and nesting for diverse wildlife.
- Trees provide a sense of place and soften the sharp outlines of concrete, metal, and glass of urban and suburban cityscapes.
- Trees can increase property values by up to 20%.
To maintain the health and integrity of our urban forest, the City of Austin strives to plant trees, preserve trees during land development, and care for existing trees.
Supporting a healthy future forest takes a community of stewards. We invite you to get involved.