Home to roughly 40% of Idaho’s population, Treasure Valley is one of the fastest-growing metropolitan areas in the United States. As the cities of Boise, Nampa, and Meridian look to the future, they are looking for ways to combat the decreases in air and water quality, increasing levels of obesity, and a growth in income disparity. Their solution? Community trees.
Key Project Impacts
Improved resiliency for the Treasure Valley region, including the city of Idaho.
Over the next 25 years, these trees will produce $360,000 in environmental, social, and human health benefits and up to $700,000 in benefits over the next 50 years.
Natural systems, such as community forests in the Treasure Valley, offer immediate opportunities to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide (CO2) that have led to rising temperatures, decreasing snowpack, and more frequent and intense wildfires.
Through this project, the Treasure Valley Canopy Network and other local partners are expanding tree canopies in communities by planting trees in parks. As these trees grow, they will be providing a myriad of environmental, social, and human health benefits while ensuring public spaces remain vibrant and welcoming for all. In addition, the trees will produce registered carbon credits.
This strategy will deliver benefits on a local level through a national program that is geared to address a global problem.
This project actively supports the following Global Goals for Sustainable Development: