Tree Canopy Loss Maps

Tree Canopy Loss Maps

In October 2019, the Asheville City Government commissioned an Urban Tree Canopy Study to identify change in tree canopy coverage over the entire city of Asheville during a 10-year period (2008-2018). The Study determined that there has been a 6.4% loss in tree canopy in the City of Asheville in the past decade. While Asheville's tree canopy coverage is 44.5% of the entire city, this number is shrinking each year as residential and commercial development as well as natural loss reduce our city's tree canopy. The maps below are derived from the Urban Tree Canopy Study and illustrate where tree loss is happening.

The map below is an inset of central Asheville depicting any loss or gain per parcel. Losses are those ares with negative change, gains are greater than 0% canopy change. This is a per parcel change map, identifying which parcels are gaining or losing tree canopy.

The map below provides a view of central Asheville. The 2008 (blue) canopy is shown underneath the 2018 (orange) canopy. Areas of loss from those ten years can be observed as the lower layer (2008) will show in their respective color.

The map below combines the 2008 and 2018 canopy maps to identify the areas of the city where tree canopy was lost, gained or remained the same over the 10-year period. The southwest area of the city saw the greatest canopy loss, especially west of the French Broad River and I-26.