There are three types of tree planting activities that can earn nutrient reductions for your community. The first type of practice, called urban tree canopy expansion, includes any small, residential planting or the addition of new street trees. If your tree planting project establishes a forest-like condition, based on planting density and understory management, the practice would instead be called an urban forest planting. Finally, riparian forest buffers can earn nutrient and sediment reductions if trees are planted in 35ft wide buffers along urban stream banks.

Below are several resources, including the Expert Panel report the defines the nutrient and sediment reductions your community can earn for tree plantings, as well as CSN’s fact sheet that breaks down all 3 tree planting BMPs and helps you get started!

U-11 Urban Tree Planting Practices Fact Sheet

Expert Panel Report and Resources



Tree Canopy Expansion and Forest Planting Expert Panel Report: Final

Riparian Forest and Grass Buffers BMP Expert Panel Report

Recommendations of the Expert Panel to Reassess Removal Rates for Riparian Forest and Grass Buffers Best Management Practices

Version october 2014 | Size (1 MB) | File type (.pdf) | Download


Training Resources

[Webcast] Urban Tree Canopy and Forest Planting