Radford's Tree Canopy

What is the Radford Green Infrastructure Project?
T
he Radford Green Infrastructure Project is an initiative co-sponsored by the City of Radford, Radford University, and the Green Infrastructure Center. The goal of the project is to quantify how much forest and tree cover there is in Radford and how well interconnected it is and to make recommendations on how to maintain and possibly grow Radford's urban tree canopy (UTC).

Why are trees important?

  • Trees improve health by removing air and water pollutants
  • Trees protect property by preventing soil erosion
  • Trees increase property value and decrease air conditioning bills
  • Trees provide a habitat for wildlife

What is Urban Tree Canopy?

Urban Tree Canopy (UTC) is the part of a city covered by trees when viewed from above.

Why is the tree canopy important to Radford?

There are many reasons why we would want to preserve the trees we have here in Radford. Trees remove pollution from the  air and water around them. They increase property value and reduce heating and cooling costs for homes.

 

Above.Tree canopy coverage in the City of Radford, 2015.

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What are forest cores?

Forest cores are areas of continuous tree cover that are larger than 250 acres. They are important because they provide recreational opportunities for residents.

They also are home to many species of plants, animals, and insects make their home there. Larger forest cores promote species diversity and lead to a more resilient city for us all.

Above. Forest cores within and nearby the City of Radford, 2015.
This website was originally created for the City of Radford by Will Creasy, a geospatial science student at Radford University. For more of Will's work visit his online digital portfolio