For Immediate Release
February 26, 2014
Contact: Nicole Singletary
The initial assessment of the Town's trees was done using the I-Tree software suite:
Miami Lakes has an estimated 17,832 trees. Tree canopy cover in Miami Lakes is estimated to be 30 percent. The four most common species in the regional forest were Southern Live Oak (37.5 percent), Geometry Tree (21.5 percent), Palmetto (10.1 percent), West Indian Mahogany (6.4 percent). The 4 most common species account for 75.5 percent of all trees; in total, 316 tree species were sampled in Miami Lakes.
Trees have been proven to affect energy consumption by shading buildings and providing evaporative cooling. Trees tend to reduce building energy consumption during times of elevated outside temperatures, especially in the summer months. The assessment calculated that the trees in Miami Lakes reduce energy costs from residential buildings by approximately $231,000 annually. Below is a chart illustrating Miami Lakes' most abundant tree species' contribution to yearly energy savings.
The Miami Lakes tree canopy contributes significantly to the environment, the economy, and residents' well-being. That canopy, and particularly leaf surface area, provides a wide range of important environmental benefits including air pollution removal, reduced carbon emissions, carbon storage and sequestration, and reduced energy use for buildings, among many other contributions.
The Tree Management Plan will serve as a collaborative action roadmap to conserve, protect, enhance, and sustain the region's trees and canopy. The development and implementation of the Tree Management Plan will inspire residents, landowners, and communities to plant and protect trees, and provide stewardship to ensure the incredible resources our trees provide. These inspired stakeholders are the critical owners of our future forest and, as such, will serve as the ambassadors for this important effort.