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American Forests


6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th


Social Studies, Economics, Geography, Justice, Health

Resource Type

  • Interactive Media

Regional Focus

North America, United States, USA - Northeast, New Jersey

Tree Equity Score

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  • This interactive map analyzes data to provide a tree equity score, taking into account demographic indicators and environmental conditions. 
  • Students can explore the following information: tree equity score, canopy cover goal, current canopy cover, average surface temperature, and six demographic indicators. 
Teaching Tips


  • There are many areas to explore in the United States.
  • There is a lot of data for students to explore, which could lead to larger research projects.
  • Students can access municipal reports, Congressional District reports, and state reports.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should be familiar with how to read a map.
  • Students may need more background information regarding demographic data, including race, age, unemployment, and poverty.
  • The geographic areas highlighted on the home page are the Greater Phoenix area, the San Francisco Bay area, Rhode Island, Greater Detroit, Greater Houston, and the Washington D.C. metro area.


Scientist Notes
There is no misconception in the resource. Resource is recommended for teaching.

This resource addresses the listed standards. To fully meet standards, search for more related resources.

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