Cincinnati’s Urban Canopy Policy

Author: Katharine Burgess; Elizabeth Foster

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Urban Land Institute. (2019) Scorched: Extreme Heat and Real Estate

Cincinnati created a dedicated funding stream for its urban forestry program in 1981 that has enabled the city to maintain
a high percentage of its tree canopy. Heat mitigation is a key reason tree canopy is a priority. Although Cincinnati has a temperate climate and harsh, cold winters, the urban heat island effect can make the city up to 17°F hotter than nearby
rural areas during the summer.