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​Phoenix city parks and street landscapes are home to a veritable forest in the city that adds millions of dollars worth of benefits to quality of life by improving air quality, storm water management, energy savings, shade and aesthetics.

Phoenix's Urban Forestry Expert

Richard Adkins
Forestry Supervisor
602-495-3762
richard.adkins@phoenix.gov

The city maintains an inventory of the more than 90,000 trees, palms and tall cactuses in its parks and along its streets. Citizens can use this interactive tree inventory website to view the location and type of each tree within city limits. The website captures the full economic value of our vast public urban forest.​


Urban Tree Planting:
Benefits outweigh costs to Phoenix

Arizona State University and the forestry team have worked together to ​​illustrate the importance of Urban Tree Planting and to share their findings that both the financial, environmental, and social benefits of planting the right trees in the urban environment will greatly outweigh the cost of the tree planting and maintenance.


Shade Phoenix 2030

Growing a Healthier, more Livable and Prosperous Phoenix

Parks and Recreation Department staff also have led the city's Tree and Shade Task Force, a multi-department team mapping an aggressive strategy to improve the city's tree and shade canopy, a crucial element in keeping the city livable in the decades to come.

Tree and Shade Master Plan

The Master Plan is the product of the Tree and Shade Task Force, a multi-department committee led by the Parks and Recreation Department. The task force met for a year and half to evaluate the causes of Phoenix's declining urban forest. The task force also looked at regulatory hurdles that prevent the construction of shade structures over public sidewalks. The Master Plan was adopted by the City Council on January 5, 2010.

The Tree and Shade Master Plan strives to create a healthier, more livable and prosperous Phoenix through the strategic investment in care and maintenance of the urban forest and engineered shade. Trees and shade structures are critical components of the infrastructure and over the long-term can save the city millions of dollars. The Master Plan provides a detailed roadmap to achieve an average 25% shade canopy coverage for the entire city.

View the full Tree & Shade Master Plan Shade Phoenix - Green Dashboard 2030

Become a Citizen Forester

In 2010, the City of Phoenix adopted the Tree and Shade Master Plan that laid out the vision of a healthier, more livable and prosperous Phoenix through investment in the urban forest. The City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department maintains 220 parks and 718 linear miles of street landscape. There are thousands of trees that need to be planted and maintained and the Parks and Recreation Department needs your help.

Citizen Foresters serve the community by helping City staff properly plant and care for urban trees. They help lead tree plantings, teaching volunteers how to plant and maintain trees as well as spread the word about the value of the urban forest.

Citizen Forester R​​esources:

Volunteers clipping bushes Volunteers learning ther fundamentals of tree planting


​What's the most common tree type in city parks and along city streets?

The Mesquite, Prosopis velutina accounts for 8.8 percent of the trees in those areas. Blue Palo Verde, Parkinsonia florida ranks second at 6.8 percent. Below is a listing of other common trees found in the Phoenix area:

View Phoenix's tree gallery to learn more about common trees found around the city​.

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