Good results from Florida’s Urban Tree-Planting Program, UF/IFAS Study Shows
Ninety-three percent of trees planted by University of Florida students are still living after five years. The Florida Forest Service began a program in 1990 to encourage cities to plant more trees for the benefits of energy savings, better air and water quality, and higher property values. Trees were planted in parks, parking lots, private properties, along streets and in highway medians. Researchers want to know how long the trees will survive in urban environments. Florida is not the only state that is trying to restore the wilderness in an urban setting; Philadelphia and New York City have success rates at or above 95 percent for the life of a planted tree reaching at least five years of age.