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Assessing Urban Forest Canopy Cover: A Primer for State Foresters

A briefing paper prepared by the URBAN & COMMUNITY FORESTRY COMMITTEE of the National Association of State Foresters

Urban tree canopy (UTC) assessment is a tool to help urban and community forestry programs and communities increase urban tree canopy cover to maximize the benefits provided by the urban forest. It can also provide an important opportunity to bring community members together to develop a vision of the future urban canopy. UTC is an easily understood measure of the community's overall success in meeting agreed upon canopy goals.

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