We are thrilled to announce the availability of two high-resolution interactive maps of the tree canopy cover for Los Angeles County. These maps allow users to assess existing conditions and identify potential priority areas where enhanced urban greening could contribute to climate resilience, environmental equity, and public health improvement.
Our staff at the Center for Urban Resilience, along with collaborators that include TreePeople, LA County, Chapman University, University of Vermont, Cal Fire, Sav-A-Tree, LA Center for Urban Natural Resources, and the USDA Forest Service are thrilled to share these maps with you. We challenge and encourage you to discover how Los Angeles could be transformed into a leafy urban forest, with all residents enjoying nature’s ecosystem services and the benefits of green neighborhoods.
We know from both science and history, that the lack of healthy green spaces in cities contributes to declines in health measures for residents and is felt most acutely in underserved neighborhoods of color. These maps are a critical tool in identifying and ameliorating these impacts by serving as a guide to future planting efforts. They serve as a guidepost to urban environmental equity and social justice. We are humbled by the hope that these tools can provide practitioners and community members as we regreen Los Angeles together…
Check out both maps… The Basic Viewer focuses on Tree Canopy only, visualizing Tree Canopy from the parcel level to the city level. The Advanced Viewer includes detailed Land Cover maps from the parcel to the city level and two derivatives from Tree Canopy and Land Cover data. Lastly, learn more about “The Journey” creating these tools. Please contact us for more information.