Making it Happen on Private Property
If a tree grows in Brooklyn, most likely it is in somebody’s front yard. For most communities, the bulk of their tree canopy will be owned by residents or private “large-footprint” organizations like universities, corporations and cemeteries.
Communities pursue both carrot and stick strategies to protect and enhance tree canopy on private land. Incentives include stormwater fee credits for reducing runoff; sharing costs of tree purchases; energy conservation credits or rebates; density upgrades; and others. Regulatory programs include a wide variety of municipal tree ordinances and policies that govern tree removals and replacement on private land, particularly during development; zoning and development codes that address builder requirements for stormwater management and land management; rules governing environmentally-critical areas ranging from species habitat to wetlands or coastal development; street tree and sidewalk maintenance requirements (often with associated tax credits), and many others.