Miami Beach in an effort to preserve its environment, keep people cool, and improve air quality, will begin to plant shadier trees in the coming months.
About 1,000 palm trees will be removed in the coming weeks as part of already scheduled construction projects, to reduce the total percentage of palm trees to 25% from its current 55% of the city’s population of 48,900 trees.
The plan will be achieved by planting about 1,300 new shade trees instead of palms over the next two decades, which will make Miami Beach more walkable and pleasant.
Palms trees are such an iconic look of the city and will continue to be a focal point along the city’s roads, green spaces, and parks. Whereby expanding shade canopy will enhance the city’s quality of life.
Trees have been proven to be one of the most effective tools for mitigating the effects of climate change, and the environmental benefits of planting shade trees, such as oak, ash, elm, and sycamore, would remove 200 times more carbon dioxide than the palmetto palms.
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