Tennessee's trees and forests are essential to urban and rural residents alike.


They capture rainfall and help control urban storm water runoff, provide shade and reduce excessive temperatures, and remove dust and pollutants from the air. A healthy urban tree canopy can remove as much as 42,000 tons of carbon from the air each year. Trees also provide a number of intangible benefits to people, such as reduced stress and a greater sense of safety.
The Nature Conservancy’s Healthy Trees, Healthy Tennessee Initiative educates Tennesseans on the benefits of trees in urban areas and provides crucial information and outreach to forest landowners and tree care professionals to minimize the impact of tree pests and diseases on Tennessee’s urban and natural forests.