Buena Park’s Tree Canopy

Our neighborhood trees provide many benefits, including improved aesthetics, wildlife habitat, increased property values and energy savings. i-Tree is a software suite from the U.S. Forest Service that helps quantify the structure of trees and forests to determine the benefits that trees provide. i-Tree Canopy was recently used to assess the tree canopy within Buena Park.

i-Tree Canopy analysis showed that about 16.6% of Buena Park is covered in tree canopy. This is below the average of 21% for the entire Chicago region determined through a 2013 study. This is not too surprising, since the whole-Chicago study included dense urban areas like Buena Park but also more natural areas such as forest preserves. 16.6% canopy is therefore respectable given the urban nature of the neighborhood, and higher than many similar areas in the city of Chicago. But it shows that we also have some room to grow!

Benefits of Our Trees

Benefits of urban trees measured by i-Tree Canopy include carbon sequestration, ozone removal and particulate matter removal. The total benefit for each of these within Buena Park is below:

Carbon Dioxide stored in trees – 3,748.16 tons ($135,632.54)

Carbon Dioxide sequestered annually in trees – 148.66 tons ($5,378.80)
Ozone removed annually –  1,460.18 lbs.
Particulate Matter less than 2.5 microns removed annually – 70.95 lbs.

Other benefits, such as aesthetics and wildlife habitat, are not as easily measured. But as we can see, our trees add a lot to our neighborhood.


Author: bikeuptown46

I am currently the Communications Director for the Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters which represents 33,000 union men and women in three states who swing a hammer for a living. I publsih a magazine, a couple of email newsletters and two websites. I also do videos, webinars, advertisng and public relations. As an avid cyclist I ride a three-wheeled trike 5 to 6 days per week 52 weeks per year which adds up to between 5,000 and 6,000 miles year-round, including daily commutes along Chicago's lakefront ... polar vortexes included. I have never missed a day of work because of Chicago's weather. I am an activist who serves humanitarian and political causes: To advocate for the Sudanese in Illinois who have fled Southern Sudan and Darfur is one of my most rewarding experiences. I work with my son Sean on Sudan presentations at churches and community groups with my Sudanese friends on the problems facing them in Darfur, South Sudan and the United States. My son Sean and I work together on the Abolition Institute which seeks to end slavery in the west African nation of Mauritania. My photography chronicles Chicago's lakefront through my daily rides. My photo website is http://genetenner.com/ I just self-published my first photo-book on the history of my Chicago neighborhood: Sweet Home Buena Park. I live about one-half mile north of Wrigley Field in the Buena Park neighborhood.

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