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Urban Ecosystem Analysis

In 2000 AMERICAN FORESTS conducted an urban ecosystem analysis of Northwest Arkansas using satellite imagery and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology to assess tree cover change trends over the last 15 years and to create a "green data layer" to be used for future planning. The 1.4 million acre analysis covered Benton and Washington Counties including the NWA Regional Airport and the City of Fayetteville.

At the time of this analysis the Northwest Arkansas region was on the brink of major development. This urban ecosystem analysis paved the way for the region to plan with the environment and gain the economic benefits of the area's urban forest. As community leaders plan for future development, the information and tools provided in this project will become even more useful as this study will serve as a bench mark for future studies to compare tree canopy change over time. 

Urban Ecosystem Analysis for Benton and Washington Counties, Arkansas