The NYC Tree Map encourages urban denizens to look at trees in a different light. Though trees planted around cities are often thought of as, in essence, an attempt at urban beautification, the NYC Tree Map is a public resource that recognizes the ecological and economic benefits of arbor growth in any city.
The NYC Tree Map is the result of a project carried out by the NYC Parks Department's 'TreesCount!' initiative. In this project, thousands of volunteers learned about the various types of trees planted throughout the city's boroughs. They then toured the city and recorded the trees on the streets.
Beyond a mere act of recording, the NYC Tree Map takes into account the specific environmental (and, ultimately, economic) benefits of each tree by marking things like stormwater interception, energy conservation, air pollutants removed and more.