Lexington’s Tree Canopy

City officials are in the midst of discussing how to improve Lexington’s tree canopy.

downtown lexington through the trees

Lexington’s skyline often peaks out through the trees when walking through the Gratz Park neighborhood. | Photo by LEXtoday

Rolling hills + open farmland are often associated with Lexington. But what about trees?

City leaders have recently been discussing ways to improve the tree canopy in Lexington.

  • Currently: Lexington’s tree canopy stands at ~23% coverage.
  • In the future: Officials look to increase this number to 30% coverage.
  • By the numbers:
    • Between 2012-2020, Lexington’s tree canopy increased by 1700 acres, most of which is on privately-owned land.
    • Working to grow the city’s canopy by 7% could be an investment of $1.5 million.

An ad-hoc committee has been formed to further discuss this issue + is working with Urban Canopy Works — a consulting firm that works to improve tree cover in urban areas.

Get involved:
Lexington offers Urban Forestry programs within its Environmental Services Department. These programs are designed to educate community members about growing + maintaining our city’s urban forest.

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