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A resource for researchers and practitioners working on expanding tree canopy in the Midwest, developed with NSF CIVIC 2022 grant partners in Dane Co., WI; Indianapolis, IN; Kansas City, MO; and St. Louis, MO. We welcome other helpful tools and resources from other Midwestern cities as we build out this site. Please contact for more information.

Tree Canopy Plans and Strategies

City of Madison Urban Forestry Task Force

Final Report for Discussion and Review


Urban Tree Canopy Assessment Summary Report

From IU’s Environmental Resilience Institute

Kansas City, MO Urban Forest master Plan

“A City within a Park”

From the KC Parks & Rec. Dep’t


Tree Canopy Cover Maps

St. Louis Tree Inventory

Interactive map of city street trees.

Dane Co. Canopy Cover Priorities

A tool to build climate resilience from the Capital Area Regional Planning Comm’n

Madison Street Tree Map

Interactive map of city street trees.

Indiana Green City Mapper

A spatial database of urban green infrastructure (incl. trees and tree canopy) and climate-change related data.

Indy Tree Canopy Planner

An online map to view, plan, and grow the urban forest in Indy.

Urban Heat Island Resources

St. Louis Climate Vul-nerability Assessment

An overlay of social vulnerability on the Climate Hazards Reporting

Extreme Heat Risks in Dane Co.

Climate projections from the University of Wisconsin, WI Heat Health Network & More

Community Engagement Tools

SAVI Topic Profiles

A tool used in Indianapolis to map information in an easy and accessible manner for the community on a range of topics.

Story Maps

These GIS tools use graphics, maps, and data to tell compelling and engaging stories.

Keep Indianapolis Beautiful’s One-Stop-Shop for Learning

Community knowledge, skills, and tolls to care for people and nature. Here you will find resources, programs and actionable tips to help you create a cleaner, greener Indianapolis.

Research on Heat & Trees in the Midwest

Resistance to Tree-Planting in Detroit

“Green Infrastructure Solutions to Health Impacts of Climate Change: Perspectives of Affected Residents in Detroit, MI”

Christine Carmichael, Cecelia Danks, and Christine Vatovec

October 2019

Rising heat wave trends in large U.S. cities

“We examine changes in four heat wave characteristics from 1961 to 2010, frequency, duration, intensity, and timing, in 50 large US cities.”

Dana Habeeb, Jason Vargo, and Brian Stone Jr.

January 2015

Tree Planting Organizations in the Midwest

Planting trees and enriching communities

Engaging diverse communities to create vibrant public places, helping people and nature thrive.

Making the KC region sustainable by “connecting environment, economy and community.”