Our Mission

Trees Knoxville’s mission is to preserve and increase the urban tree canopy on the private and public land of Knoxville and Knox County. We share the goal of many great cities across the country to grow a vital and healthy urban forest. Trees Knoxville supports the efforts of our partner organizations; teams with city and county governments; and engages citizens, civic groups, and businesses to succeed in maintaining and expanding our community’s tree canopy. 

Trees Knoxville tends the Greater Knoxville urban forest, partners with the City of Knoxville’s urban forestry program, and cultivates an appreciation of trees among residents, businesses, and Knox County developers.

Why Trees?

Trees are a solution to many modern urban challenges.  Trees provide a broad spectrum of social, economic, and environmental benefits, which are quantifiable at the community level. These benefits include higher property values, less energy consumption, prevention of water pollution, reduced noise pollution, cleaner air, and temperature moderation. Planting and caring for trees are investments in the future.

Many of the opportunities to maintain and plant trees are on private property, making protection and preservation a challenge that cannot be tackled by the public sector alone. Based on canopy acreage, publicly controlled land comprises a very small percentage of the county. The greatest opportunities for substantial and long-term canopy gains will come through efforts on privately held lands.

 

 
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