The Value of Trees to a Community

the value of trees

Community streets, parks, and neighborhoods are often lined with trees to create an aesthetically pleasing environment. Aesthetics aside, trees offer many social and ecological values, including: supporting wildlife, storing carbon dioxide, trapping airborne pollutants, conserving water, preserving soil, providing cool shade, and trimming energy expenses by minimizing our need for air conditioning. They also raise property values.

Another benefit not often mentioned is that trees have a dollar value all their own. A competent appraiser can provide you with an accurate assessment of what your tree’s monetary value is. Planting more trees throughout your community really seems like a no-brainer when you consider the following eye-opening statistics regarding the effect healthy trees have on the environment. The value of trees to a community are:

“Trees properly placed around buildings can reduce air conditioning needs by 30% and save 20-50 percent in energy used for heating.” – USDA Forest Service

“Healthy, mature trees add an average of 10 percent to a property’s value.” – USDA Forest Service

“There are about 60-to 200-millin spaces along our city streets where trees could be plated. This translates to the potential to absorb 33 million more tons of CO² every year, saving $4 billion in energy costs.” National Wildlife Federation

“Trees can be a stimulus to economic development, attracting new business and tourism. Commercial retail areas are more attractive to shoppers, apartments rent more quickly, tenants stay longer, and space in a wooded setting is more valuable to sell or rent.” The Arbor Day Foundation

“One acre of forest absorbs six tons of carbon dioxide and puts out four tons of oxygen. This is enough to meet the annual needs of 18 people.” – U.S. Department of Agriculture

“A mature tree can often have an appraised value to between $1,000 and $10,000.” – Council of Tree and Landscape Appraisers

“The planting of trees means improved water quality, resulting in less runoff and erosion. This allows more recharging of the ground water supply. Wooded areas help prevent the transport of sediment and chemicals into streams.” – USDA Forest Service

No comments yet.

Leave a Reply

Powered by WordPress. Designed by Woo Themes