Natural Environment Data

Trees promote health in many ways. They help clean the air, promote outdoor physical activity, improve quality of life, and protect the environment.

Purpose

To assess Rhode Island's progress towards advancing health equity, as part of Rhode Island's statewide health equity indicators.

Key Information

Indicator Percentage of overall landmass with tree canopy cover
Data Source US Department of Agriculture Forest Service i-Tree Tools (one-time report, expected to be repeated in the future)
Strata City/Town
What this indicator means This indicator shows the percentage of land with tree canopy cover in each city and town in Rhode Island, and is based on a report conducted in 2014 by the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management Division of Forest Environment. This report used the iTree software and methodology, and satellite images of the state, to estimate the amount of tree canopy cover for all municipalities in the state. For this indicator, a high percentage of tree canopy cover is considered a more favorable outcome, and cities and towns with the lowest percentage of tree canopy cover are considered the most disadvantaged.

Key Findings

  • Pawtucket, Central Falls, and Providence have the lowest percentage of tree canopy cover, each with less than 18% of landmass with tree canopy cover.
  • West Greenwich, Exeter, and Foster have the highest percentage of tree canopy cover, each with more than 84% of landmass with tree canopy cover.
RI Tree Canopy by municipality