Tree Canopy Expansion Program

Tree Covered Streets
  1. Overview
  2. Funding
  3. Criteria
  4. Tree Species

The vision of the Tree Canopy Expansion Program is to help beautify Royal Oak's landscape, while providing quality of life and environmental benefits to our residents. The Sustainability and Climate Action Plan goal is to increase the tree canopy to at least 40 percent.

Our Goals

  • Strategically plant street trees to provide neighborhoods  with numerous benefits,   including: cleaner air and water, improved property values, less storm water runoff and flooding, and lower energy bills through reduced heating and cooling costs.
  • Improve public outreach and education on tree planting and maintenance.
  • Foster biodiversity throughout the urban tree canopy. 

What is a Street Tree?

A 'street tree' is one that is in the public right-of-way (It's generally on the lawn area between the sidewalk and the curb). In the diagram below, three of the trees are street trees.

The right-of-way is the legal right of a pedestrian, vehicle, or ship to proceed with precedence
Street Tree Photo

Royal Oak has earned the National Arbor Day Foundation distinction of “Tree City USA” every year since the distinction’s inception in 1976.

Royal Oak Land Cover

TypeAcres
%
Impervious362148%
Trees230931%
Open Space159521%
Bare33>1
Water9>1
Total Acres7567

Source: SEMCOG