Urban Forests

Tree photoThe trees planted along Jersey City’s sidewalks and within our parks play an important role: they are living elements of our urban infrastructure. They provide cooling shade, cleaner air, carbon capture, and water filtration. Trees soak up stormwater after rain events, helping reduce localized flooding. They also reduce the phenomenon known as urban heat island effect. And for many people, trees enhance the beauty of urban streetscapes. You can find more benefits from trees HERE

The City of Jersey City recognizes the many benefits of street trees and is currently working to expand and improve the health of its tree canopy. This effort involves creating a detailed assessment of what currently exists, establishing an adequate and sustainable tree maintenance and planting program that meets increased canopy cover goals, and quantifying the benefits of increased tree coverage.