Benefits of Trees

Air | Trees improve air quality by producing oxygen and by storing and sequestering carbon. In one year, 1 acre of trees can produce enough oxygen for 18 people and remove 2.6 tons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere – that’s the amount of CO2 produced by driving 26,000 miles!

Water & Soil | Trees improve water quality by filtering pollutants through their canopies, trunks and roots. By stabilizing soils and absorbing rainwater, trees reduce erosion, storm water runoff, and sedimentation in waterways. For every 5% of tree cover added to a community, storm water runoff is reduced by approximately 2%.

Energy | Trees reduce our energy usage by providing shade. According to the USDA Forest Service, “Trees properly placed around buildings can reduce air conditioning needs by 30%.” The net cooling effect of a young, healthy tree is equivalent to 10 room size air conditioners operating 20 hours a day.

Biodiversity | Trees support biodiversity by providing food, shelter and habitat for wildlife. A single tree can host hundreds of other species, including mammals, birds, amphibians, insects and other plants.

Economic Benefits | Trees improve the economic viability of communities. Visitors will spend 9 to 12 % more for products from businesses in tree lined central business districts. And residential property values increase up to 37% when trees and other vegetation are present.

Building Communities | Trees improve our quality of life by reducing noise pollution and beautifying areas. Greener urban areas have been shown to encourage healthier interaction between neighbors, and they’ve also been proven to deter graffiti and crime. Trees have a calming effect too; drivers slow down by an average of 3 miles per hour in neighborhoods with trees.

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