Trees play a big role in keeping Boulder’s neighborhoods cool. Their canopy, the layer of leaves and branches that form treetops, provide shade and cover from the elements.
Trees also absorb heat from the air as they release moisture from their leaves, keeping water in our landscape and people cool on hot days. This is increasingly important as climate change causes longer, more dangerous heat waves.
Cool Boulder: Connecting People to Climate Solutions
Cool Boulder is a campaign that equips people with the knowledge and tools needed to take affordable, impactful climate action. From neighbors to local nonprofits, Cool Boulder connects a network of local leaders excited to create a climate resilient future for all. Learn more on Cool Boulder’s website.
Try out Cool Boulder’s Tree Canopy Tool
Cool Boulder's TreePlotter Canopy tool maps the amount of tree canopy cover across the city, how it has changed over time, and where trees are needed most.
The tool is a starting place for those considering planting trees. Anyone living in Boulder can look up their address and see how much canopy cover, and therefore shade, they have over their property. The tool was created with the help of PlanIt Geo, an urban forestry consulting and software development firm.
Explore the tool online and check out Cool Boulder’s website for more information on how to use it.
The State of Boulder’s Urban Forest
Boulder’s urban tree canopy has been impacted by pests like Emerald Ash Borer and severe weather events. Boulder’s Forestry team is currently updating the city’s tree canopy data and will provide an update on its status in the coming months.
The Forestry team uses the Urban Forest Strategic Plan as a roadmap to create a more resilient, sustainable urban forest, which includes short and long-term goals to increase community safety, stabilize the urban tree canopy from losses, and improve the canopy’s overall health.