The intent of this study is to support the City of Maplewood in understanding the nature and proportion of land coverage throughout the City, and in establishing appropriate goals and strategies to improve the environmental impacts and opportunities related to land coverage.
The study calculates and maps tree canopy benefits - including pollution reduction, air quality improvement, carbon sequestration, building energy savings, and overall economic benefit. It also outlines the benefits and impacts of land cover characteristics – such as heat island conditions and contributions, storm water runoff, water uptake, and total carbon sequestration. Finally, the study recommends long-term goals, by neighborhood, for Tree Canopy coverage, lawns and grasslands, and heat island mitigation. The report includes a menu of over fifty strategies that the City can choose from and implement to support achieving these long-term goals. All calculations and mapping were developed by neighborhood meaning actions can be prioritized for each neighborhood of the City.