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Strategy 16: Protect Our Natural Resources

Nashville continues to make great efforts to support our exponential growth in city infrastructure and people. To ensure sustainable growth, we must place equal importance on the preservation of the county’s natural resources. Metro Nashville boasts over 12,000 acres of open space, including 108 Parks and 19 Greenways. Maintaining and conserving open space, increasing tree canopy cover, and improving the city’s compliance with the Clean Water Act and Clean Air Act will ensure that Nashvillians have clean air, clean water and greenspace now and for future generations.

Strategic Actions

  1. Explore and pilot connected sensors across Davidson County to gauge air quality and to allow for review and consolidation of air quality indicators across multiple Metro communities and sites of specific interest.
  2. Explore and pilot connected sensors across Davidson County in the Cumberland River and other sites of specific interest to gauge water quality and to allow for review and consolidation of water quality indicators across multiple Metro water features.
  3. Support an urban tree canopy inventory through development of a site that will allow for mapping of Davidson County’s trees and make that data available openly for public use.

Case Study

Category: Tree Canopy Assessment

Vermont's Smart Solution to Expanding the Urban Tree Canopy

Vermont Urban and Community Forestry is utilizing technology and data to assess, protect and expand tree canopy in various areas statewide. Part of a comprehensive digital resource hub, their Tree Canopy Assessments are a critical part of the organization's Green Infrastructure Plan. Using both GIS imagery and photo interpretation, the organization offers tools to conduct assessments and provide metrics using simple visualizations.

Learn: Vermont Tree Canopy Assessments

Explore: Forest Service Urban Tree Canopy Assessment