Cleveland Tree Coalition




About the Cleveland Tree Coalition


The Cleveland Tree Coalition is a collaborative group of public, private, and community stakeholders that have partnered with the City of Cleveland to rebuild our urban forest. The coalition is striving to create a healthy, vibrant, sustainable, and equitable urban forest by working collaboratively to implement the Cleveland Tree Plan



Through partnership, Cleveland will once again be known as the Forest City. Residents from every neighborhood in Cleveland will experience the many benefits of a healthy and prosperous urban forest. Cleveland’s vision for a healthy urban forest today and into the future requires:


  • Collaborating effectively amongst a variety of stakeholdersno.jpg
  • Prioritizing trees in government, nonprofit, and the business sectors
  • Implementing best practices in urban forestry
  • Increasing tree canopy and the benefits it provides
  • Ensuring that benefits from trees are equitably distributed
  • Leveraging the economic advantages of urban trees
  • Engaging people to revitalize neighborhoods through community forestry and leadership opportunities
  • Positioning Cleveland as a regional leader in urban forestry
  • Advocating for the institutionalization of urban forestry practices



The following organizations are currently members of the Cleveland Tree Coalition:


 · AECOM  

 · Dominion

 · Alliance for the Great Lakes

 · Forest City Realty Trust

· American Forests

 · Holden Forests & Gardens

· Bartlett Tree Experts

 · KeyBank

 · Cleveland City Planning

 · Lakeview Cemetery

 · Cleveland Clinic

 · LAND Studio

 · Cleveland Division of Forestry

 · Mayor’s Office of Capital Projects

 · Cleveland Metroparks

 · Mayor’s Office of Sustainability

 · Cleveland Metropolitan Housing Authority

 · Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency

 · Cleveland Museum of Natural History

 · Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District

 · Cleveland Neighborhood Progress

 · Ohio Department of Natural Resources

 · Cleveland State University

 · Ohio Landscape Association

 · Cuyahoga Land Bank

 · PwC

 · Cuyahoga River Restoration

 · University Hospitals

 · Cuyahoga Soil and Water Conservation District

 · Western Reserve Land Conservancy

 · Davey Resource Group


Please contact Anna Zaremba at [email protected] if you are interested in getting involved in reforesting the Forest City. 


Summary of the Cleveland Tree Plan


Cleveland is in the midst of citywide neighborhood revitalization to improve the quality of life for all citizens, and improving tree canopy is an important element in that transformation.Trees are a critical piece of our community: trees make us healthier and safer, add economic value to our homes and businesses, help us meet environmental challenges, and give us a stronger connection to nature that improves mental health.


Cleveland was once nicknamed The Forest City, but over the last half-century the city has lost about half its canopy. Tree canopy cover is low at 19%, only one quarter of what is possible. Each year an estimated 97 acres of tree canopy is lost. At this rate, canopy will drop to 14% by 2040 unless we act now. The Cleveland Tree Plan is built on the need rebuild the urban forest, together.


On Arbor Day 2017, Mayor Jackson joined the Cleveland Tree Coalition to announce Cleveland's new tree canopy goal. With the help of residents, businesses and community organizations, the city's tree canopy will grow from 19 percent to 30 percent by 2040, with the long-term goal of reaching 40 percent canopy.


The Plan has three overarching goals: (1) recognize trees as critical community infrastructure, (2) reverse the trend of tree canopy loss, and (3) foster capacity for full stewardship for the tree infrastructure. To meet these goals, the Plan includes nine action sheets designed to:

  1. Establish a unified voice and formalize needed partnerships
  2. Develop and implement an outreach and education strategy
  3. Develop and implement a funding plan
  4. Complete a tree inventory
  5. Develop and implement a management plan
  6. Conduct an operational review
  7. Establish a canopy goal
  8. Institute policy changes
  9. Plant with a purpose


Different member organizations of the Cleveland Tree Coalition are tasked with leading various actions.


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  • Richard Hayes
    Thank you for sharing information about the Cleveland Tree Coalition and their efforts to rebuild the urban forest in collaboration with various stakeholders. Their vision to transform Cleveland into the Forest City once again is commendable, aiming for a healthy and equitable urban forest. By prioritizing trees, implementing best practices, and engaging the community, they are paving the way for a greener and more sustainable future. For those interested in getting involved, visiting the Cleveland Tree Coalition’s website is a great starting point to learn more about their initiatives and how to contribute to reforesting the Forest City.