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From understanding the importance of urban trees to exploring the impacts of a carbon offset program on urban tree canopy infrastructure, we can assist you in learning about a wide range of urban and community forestry topics.

Benefits of Urban Trees

The urban tree canopy is an essential component of infrastructure that keeps our cities livable. In addition to sequestering carbon, urban trees provide other important benefits to communities including reductions in flooding, water and air pollution, urban heat islands and energy use.

Image: The downtown Minneapolis skyline, as viewed from the Highland Water Tower in St. Paul. (Credit: Nick Busse)

What is a carbon offset?

A carbon offset represents a reduction or removal of greenhouse gas emissions and provides an opportunity for companies or individuals to purchase offsets that compensate for emissions that occur elsewhere.

Looking upward at a dense grouping of trees, with bright green leaves, and a little sunlight peaking through.

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