2007 Tree benefits analysis & report
For the Cities of Bellevue, Covington, Florence, Fort Thomas, and Newport
The importance of the urban forest in Northern Kentucky is more than the amenity and aesthetic value of the trees (shade, screening, and landscape ornamentation, etc.). They perform much more important functions like increasing property values, intercepting stormwater, reducing energy costs, improving public health and more. And these functions that can be translated into economic value.
This project used existing public tree inventories in NKY to calculate the
beneficial environmental functions of public trees in five cities in Northern Kentucky—Bellevue, Covington, Florence, Fort Thomas, and Newport.
Download the 2007 Tree Benefit Analysis
About the Methodology: Environmental services of the urban forest can now be estimated using existing inventory data or field sampling techniques, and then applying mathematical models to the data that have been developed over the past two decades by United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Forest Service research scientists. Collectively, the cost and benefit models and other software applications are known as the “i-Tree” suite of tools—an accessible set of computerized models and tools in the public domain. i-Tree’s Urban Forest Effects Model (UFORE) was used. This study defines the public urban forest as all trees in the public areas (streets, parks, municipal buildings) as reported by the five Northern Kentucky cities.