Benefits of Trees

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Trees have a positive effect on many aspects of people’s lives, including their health, homes, businesses, drinking water and air quality.

Economic Contributions

  • Trees increase property values

  • Shoppers spend more in well-landscaped business districts.

  • Trees reduce runoff and erosion, saving money on stormwater management infrastructure.

Energy Savings

  • Just three properly placed trees can save the average homeowner $250 per year in energy costs.

  • The net cooling effect of a young, healthy tree is equal to 10 room-size air conditioners.

  • Trees in parking lots reduce asphalt temperature by as much as 36 degrees Fahrenheit, and car interior temperatures by over 47 degrees F.

Environmental Benefits

  • Trees supply oxygen, and they reduce air pollutants, making our air cleaner and healthier to breathe.

  • Trees reduce noise pollution by absorbing sounds: a belt of trees 98 feet wide and 49 feet tall can reduce highway noise by 6 to 10 decibels.

  • Leafy tree canopies catch rainwater before it reaches the ground: 100 mature tree crowns intercept about 100,000 gallons of rainfall per year, reducing runoff and providing cleaner water.

Social Benefits

  • Hospital patients recovering from surgery with views of trees through their windows generally require fewer pain relievers and are discharged earlier than similar patients with views of brick walls

  • Views of nature and trees reduce the stress response of both body and mind when stressors of urban conditions are present

  • Symptoms of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in children are relieved after contact with nature. Specifically, ADHD kids are better able to concentrate, complete task, and follow directions after playing in natural settings.

Source:
The Value of Trees Statistics Sheet, Urban and Community Forestry Appreciation Tool Kit,
USDA Forest Service NA-IN-02-04.
See http://www.dvrpc.org/Green/pdf/ValueofTreesStatsSheet.pdf

 

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