New York City Street Tree Census - 2005

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Citywide street tree data from the 2005 Street Tree Census, conducted partly by volunteers organized by NYC Parks & Recreation. Trees were inventoried by address, and were collected from 2005-2006. Data collected includes tree species, diameter, condition.

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Greenfield J, Osborne B (2020): New York City Tree Census 2005. United States Geological Survey. Dataset/Metadata.


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Jennifer Greenfield
  • Metadata Provider
  • Originator
  • User
  • Point Of Contact
Assistant Commissioner for Forestry, Horticulture, and Natural Resources
NYC Parks
24 W 61st St, 5th Floor
10023 New York
New York
(718) 760-6800
Annie Simpson
  • Metadata Provider
  • Originator
  • Point Of Contact
USGS Core Science Systems
12201 Sunrise Valley Dr
20192 Reston
Benjamin Osborne
  • Point Of Contact
Chief of Forestry and Horticulture
NYC Parks
24 W 61st St, 5th Floor
10023 New York
New York
(718) 760-6466

Geographic Coverage

New York City: Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island The area was divided into 1,649 zones for recruitment of volunteers to collect the data.

Bounding Coordinates South West [40.497, -74.255], North East [40.913, -73.701]

Taxonomic Coverage

165 tree species.

Genus Acer, Amelanchier, Betula, Carya, Catalpa, Cornus, Crataegus, Fraxinus, Ilex, Juniperus, Larix, Magnolia, Malus, Morus, Picea, Pinus, Pinus thunbergii, Populus, Prunus, Quercus, Salix, Taxodium, Tilia, Ulmus
Species Platanus acerifolia (London planetree), Tilia cordata (Littleleaf linden), Acer platanoides (Norway maple), Fraxinus pennsylvanica (Green ash), Pyrus calleryana (Callery pear), Acer rubrum (Red maple), Gleditsia triacanthos (Honeylocust), Acer saccharinum (Silver maple), Quercus palustris (Pin oak), Ginkgo biloba (Ginkgo), Abies balsamea, Abies concolor, Acer buergerianum, Acer campestre, Acer ginnala, Acer griseum, Acer negundo, Acer nigrum, Acer palmatum, Acer platanoides, Acer pseudoplatanus, Acer rubrum (Red maple), Acer saccharinum (Silver maple), Acer saccharum (Sugar maple), Acer tataricum, Aesculus glabra, Aesculus hippocastanum, Aesculus X carnea, Ailanthus altissima, Albizia julibrissin, Alnus glutinosa, Betula alleghaniensis, Betula nigra, Betula papyrifera, Betula pendula, Carpinus betulus, Carpinus caroliniana, Carya glabra, Carya illinoinensis, Carya ovata, Castanea dentata, Castanea mollissima, Cedrus deodara, Cedrus libani, Celtis occidentalis, Cercidiphyllum japonicum, Cercis canadensis, Chamaecyparis pisifera, Chamaecyparis thyoides, Cladrastis lutea, Cornus alternifolia, Cornus amomum, Cornus florida, Cornus kousa, Cornus mas, Corylus colurna, Cotinus coggygria, Diospyros virginiana, Elaeagnus angustifolia, Eucommia ulmoides, Fagus grandifolia, Fagus sylvatica, Fraxinus americana, Fraxinus pennsylvanica, Ginkgo biloba, Gleditsia triacanthos, Gymnocladus dioicus, Halesia carolina, Halesia diptera, Hamamelis virginiana, Juglans nigra, Juniperus recurva, Juniperus virginiana, Koelreuteria paniculata, Laburnum watereri, Larix laricina, Liquidambar styraciflua, Liriodendron tulipifera, Maackia amurensis, Maclura pomifera, Magnolia acuminata, Magnolia grandiflora, Malus pumila, Metasequoia glyptostroboides, Nyssa sylvatica, Ostrya virginiana, Oxydendrum arboreum, Paulownia tomentosa, Phellodendron amurense, Picea abies, Picea pungens, Pinus echinata, Pinus mugo, Pinus nigra, Pinus resinosa, Pinus rigida, Pinus strobus, Pinus sylvestris, Pinus virginiana, Platanus acerifolia, Populus deltoides, Populus grandidentata, Populus nigra, Populus tremuloides, Prunus cerasifera, Prunus persica, Prunus serotina, Prunus serrulata, Prunus virginiana, Pseudotsuga menziesii, Pyrus calleryana, Pyrus communis, Quercus acutissima, Quercus alba, Quercus bicolor, Quercus coccinea, Quercus falcata, Quercus imbricaria, Quercus laevis, Quercus laurifolia, Quercus macrocarpa, Quercus palustris, Quercus phellos, Quercus robur, Quercus rubra, Quercus stellata, Quercus velutina, Robinia pseudoacacia, Salix babylonica, Salix matsudana, Sassafras albidum, Sorbus alnifolia, Sorbus americana, Styphnolobium japonicum, Styrax japonicus, Syringa reticulata, Taxodium ascendens, Taxodium distichum, Thuja occidentalis, Tilia americana, Tilia cordata, Tilia tomentosa, Tsuga canadensis, Ulmus alata, Ulmus americana, Ulmus parvifolia, Ulmus procera, Ulmus pumila, Ulmus rubra, Ulmus thomasii, Zelkova serrata

Temporal Coverage

Start Date / End Date 2005-01-01 / 2006-01-01

Project Data

Citywide street tree data from the 2005 Street Tree Census, conducted partly by volunteers organized by NYC Parks & Recreation. Trees were inventoried by address, and were collected from 2005-2006. Data collected includes tree species, diameter, condition.

Title New York City Street Tree Census 2005
Study Area Description The streets and parks of the five boroughs of New York City: Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island.
Design Description As in, pdf link NewYorkCity_StreetTreeCensus2005_DataDescription.pdf

The personnel involved in the project:

Benjamin Osborne
  • Principal Investigator

Sampling Methods

Citywide count of trees that grow on New York City streets and are managed by Parks

Study Extent New York City; Citywide; 2005-2006

Method step description:

  1. Full methodology is described here:

Additional Metadata

This is related to other NYC Tree Census datasets (1995 and 2015, to date). New York City tree censuses are conducted every 10 years.

Purpose Quantifying the enormous benefits of New York’s street trees, from pollution reduction to savings on air conditioning bills. Street trees provide almost $122 million in benefits annually to City residents and "are one of the best investments around."
Maintenance Description This is a legacy dataset that is maintained online but not updated.
Alternative Identifiers c4e1739b-e225-4773-b2ca-b9dd90846c62