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Photos: The best U.S. urban forests

By Ann Hoevel, CNN
February 28, 2013 -- Updated 2205 GMT (0605 HKT)
The nonprofit conservation group <a href='http://www.americanforests.org/who-we-are-about-us/who-we-are-history/' target='_blank'>American Forests</a> has researched the 50 most populous U.S. cities and named the 10 best urban forests. Click through the gallery to learn which big cities are big on trees.<!-- -->
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</br>Portland, Oregon, offers bikers, runners, yoga enthusiasts and wildlife aficionados an urban tree canopy that continues to grow. The city boasts a park larger than 5,000 acres, <a href='http://www.trails.com/tcatalog_trail.aspx?trailid=XTM012-054' target='_blank'>70 miles of hiking trails</a>, an arboretum with close to 1,000 species of trees and shrubs. Some of the city's derelict <a href='http://www.oregonlive.com/environment/index.ssf/2008/06/100_depave_a_parking_lot_to_bu.html' target='_blank'>parking lots</a> and even a freeway have been transformed into urban oases. The nonprofit conservation group American Forests has researched the 50 most populous U.S. cities and named the 10 best urban forests. Click through the gallery to learn which big cities are big on trees.

Portland, Oregon, offers bikers, runners, yoga enthusiasts and wildlife aficionados an urban tree canopy that continues to grow. The city boasts a park larger than 5,000 acres, 70 miles of hiking trails, an arboretum with close to 1,000 species of trees and shrubs. Some of the city's derelict parking lots and even a freeway have been transformed into urban oases.
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Best U.S. urban forests: Portland
Best U.S. urban forests: New York City
Best U.S. urban forests: Minneapolis
Best U.S. urban forests: Sacramento
Best U.S. urban forests: Austin
Best U.S. urban forests: Denver
Best U.S. urban forests: Washington, D.C.
Best U.S. urban forests: Seattle
Best U.S. urban forests: Charlotte, N.C.
Best U.S. urban forests: Milwaukee
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