Forestry and Natural Resources


Benefits of Urban Forests and Determining Their Value

Publication Date

Spring 4-1-2021

Publication Number



Urban forests are often overlooked as they are “hidden in plain sight.” Urban forests and the services they provide can be vague concepts. This article gives a definition of urban forests, detailing their functional and structural values. Terminology associated with both terms and determining valuation of the benefits is provided. Quantitative information on these benefits helps land-use planners, local governments, and decision-makers see the contributions often overlooked in urban forests and can help plan on where to continue to plant trees within a complex urban environment.

Publication Type



Land-Grant Press by Clemson Extension

Publisher City

Clemson, SC

Target Audiences

Municipal decision makers, urban planners, urban foresers, extension agents, HOAs, communities

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