Fremont, California USA


The City of Fremont is located within Alameda County, California. It is approximately 89 square miles, of which over 35 square miles are urbanized, non-open space areas. Across the city, trees along streets, in parks, yards, and natural areas constitute a valuable urban and community forest. This resource is a critical element of the region’s green infrastructure, contributing to environmental quality, public health, water supply, local economies and aesthetics. The primary goal of this assessment was to provide a baseline and benchmark of the City’s tree canopy and interpret the results across a range of geographic boundaries.



The City of Fremont contained 14.4% tree canopy cover in urbanized areas (13% citywide), 17% areas suitable for future tree plantings (36% citywide), and 69% areas unsuitable due to its current land use or other constraint such as wetland areas (51% citywide). Urban tree canopy (UTC) and possible planting area (PPA) percentages are based on land area which is equal to the total area minus water area. Other land cover types included 11% non-canopy vegetation (6% citywide); 7% soil/dry vegetation (20% citywide); 67% impervious (29% citywide); and 1% water (28% citywide) based on the City’s 22,738 total urbanized acres. In further dividing the City’s urban tree canopy, 83% was deciduous and 17% was evergreen.

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This study assessed UTC and PPA at multiple geographic scales in order to provide actionable information to a diverse range of audiences. By identifying what resources and opportunities exist at these scales, the City can be more proactive in their approach to protect and expand their urban tree canopy. Metrics were generated at the following geographies: the citywide boundary (1); city council districts (6); land use (8); parks (60) right-of-way by census block group (121); and census block groups (124).


The results of this analysis can be used to develop a continuing strategy to protect and expand the urban forest in Fremont. The UTC and PPA metrics can be used as a guide to determine where the city has been successful in protecting and expanding its urban forest resource. While also targeting areas to concentrate future efforts based on needs, benefits, and available planting space. Fremont can use these results to ensure that their urban forest policies and management practices continue to prioritize its maintenance, health, and growth.

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Urban Tree Canopy Assessment, Fremont, California

$44 Million

In Ecosystem benfit savings


Urban Tree Canopy


Possible Planting Area