The urban forest in Germantown is all of the trees in the right-of-way, medians, in parks and on municipal, commercial and residential properties.
The urban forest requires a commitment and ongoing support from city officials, the Tree Board, a well-trained staff and residents. The Tree Board meets on the second Tuesday of the month at the Germantown Parks and Recreation office, located at 2276 West Street.
Tree City U.S.A.
The City of Germantown has for the past 20 years received the Tree City U.S.A. Award from the National Arbor Day Foundation for its continued appreciation and recognition of trees as part of the city infrastructure.
Benefits of the Urban Forest
Trees are part of the city infrastructure, providing benefits such as cooler temperatures, increased property values and wildlife habitat. They are pleasing to look at, reduce crime and purify the air. Trees help to provide for the quality of life that is based on sustainability and continued public support.
Economic benefits attributed to trees include:
Higher Commercial Land Values and Occupancy Rates
Trees have a positive impact on the value of commercial property. Surveys indicate that nine out of 10 commercial real estate appraisers believe that trees boost the sales appeal of commercial properties and add significantly to their value.
Increased Consumer Patronage and Spending
The appearance of a business can attract or repel customers. Well-landscaped businesses project an image of quality and service that entices customers.
Greater Residential Property Values
Studies have consistently shown that trees have a major impact on the price and desirability of homes. Among identical homes, those with trees sell for an average of five percent more than homes without trees. Property values for unimproved lots can rise as much as 30 percent based on the amount and density of tree cover.
Information about tree planting
Information about tree pruning
Information about benefits of trees
For more information, contact Pam Beasley at PBeasley@Germantown-TN.gov or (901) 757-7375.