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Cleveland, The Reforested City

Environment & Sustainability

Cleveland, The Reforested City

Friday, February 23, 2024
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Doors at 11:15am / Lunch at 11:30am / Forum begins 12:00pm

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"We're not going to plant our way out of this issue - it's about also maintaining our existing tree canopy and fortifying it for the future." – Samira Malone

Over the last 50 years, Cleveland has lost about half its tree canopy due to development and disease. Experts say our tree coverage should be at least 30 percent; instead we're at 18% and falling. This statistic is worse in east side neighborhoods, like Central, which has only 6.5% tree canopy coverage.

Trees are a critical piece of our community: They make neighborhoods healthier and safer; add economic value to homes and businesses; help meet environmental challenges; and give us all a stronger connection to nature that improves mental health.

What can be done to ensure our City meets its ambitious goal of 30% tree coverage by 2040? Right now, a collaboration of public, private, and community stakeholders have been working to advocate for funding, policy changes, and public awareness of the importance of rebuilding the urban forest.

Join the City Club as we hear from leaders in this effort and what it will take to reforest the Forest City.


Tickets are available for purchase online until Wednesday, February 21st at noon. For more information on registration, please contact Stacy Holmes at


The livestream will be available beginning at 12:00pm. Have questions? Tweet them at @TheCityClub or send a text to 330.541.5794.

Production and distribution of City Club forums in partnership with Ideastream Public Media is generously provided by PNC and the United Black Fund.

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