The City of Rehoboth Beach's urban trees are the soul of our city, known for its progressive land-use planning and extensive green infrastructure. Trees are a crucial part of the cityscape, softening and beautifying the built environment, improving neighborhood safety and livability, and providing vital ecosystem services such as air purification, temperature mitigation, and storm water interception. Effective and efficient management of the urban forest relies on an understanding of its structure and function as well as the benefits it provides.
The City of Rehoboth Beach has identified canopy cover as an important measure of urban forest health. Monitoring the city's tree canopy is important in order to understand how the canopy may be changing, and awareness of canopy trends allows city officials to make important decisions regarding management strategies.