Trees and the natural world provide us with many mental and physical health benefits. The Jefferson County Department of Health in 2022 placed a high value on a healthy urban tree canopy for human health and began funding our program. Planting a tree goes beyond ‘beautification’ and lends a long term sustainable solution for better health. When we began to tell the story of trees and human health we created a ‘StoryMap” with ArcGIS to help understand the value of trees. Below we have pulled out the 3 GIS interactive maps to tell the role of healthy tree canopy, air quality and water quality benefits.

This story map below is best viewed on a desktop computer.

Story Map