By: Kate Sievers, Venture Supervisor, Nature Based mostly Options
City timber provide nice promise to enhance residents’ each day lives and make communities extra resilient to the impacts of local weather change. Advantages to residents embody cleansing the air, bettering psychological and bodily well being, and mitigating the city warmth island impression throughout rising summer season temperatures. Choosing the proper tree species will help guarantee these advantages develop with us as our local weather adjustments.
Choosing the best tree from the numerous accessible species might really feel like an amazing resolution. The Local weather Tree Species Information supplies a fast three-page suitability reference for over 180 tree species and every tree suitability for the altering local weather of the Puget Sound area. A extra detailed evaluation of species will be discovered right here.
A tree planted immediately will see a long time of progress as we expertise the impression of local weather change. Within the Puget Sound area hotter temperatures and altered precipitation patterns are projected to extend. Traditionally the area has skilled an annual common of 1-7 days above 86F, however by 2070 that is anticipated to extend to 45-60 days. Summers and winters are anticipated to be drier, whereas spring and fall are anticipated to be wetter. This altering local weather leaves our ecosystem susceptible. So, what does this imply for our present timber and the way can we make the perfect planting selections immediately for a resilient tomorrow?