Urban Tree Canopy (UTC) is a section 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 both the air and water around them. They increase property value and reduce heating and cooling costs for homes.
Above. Areas in the City of Radford with Urban Tree Canopy Cover, 2015.
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.
Forest cores are also home to many species of plants, animals, and insects that make their home there. Larger forest cores promote species diversity and lead to a more resilient city for us all.