Forest Action Plan
Tree Canopy, Water Quality, And Community Program Capacity
Washington, D.C., is unique among northeastern states. The District is a large urban center with an increasing population that draws approximately 661,251 people from Maryland and Virginia each work day. There are several federally managed large green spaces, but the city consists primarily of urban forest that covers 35% of the city.
The District of Columbia’s Forest Action Plan strategy proposes to address three priority issues as determined by the Assessment of Urban Forest Resources: increasing urban tree canopy across the city, protecting and improving air and water quality, and building urban and community program capacity. The assessment also addresses two regional priority issues of importance to the District: the I-95 Megaregion and the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.