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Benefits of Growing Healthy Trees

Seven Essential Benefits of Growing Healthy Trees

We all have the tendency to take the grandeur of nature for granted. But did you know that trees protect our most precious and necessary resources like air and water? As a matter of fact, growing healthy trees protects us in ways you might have never imagined.

1. Trees clean our air and provide additional oxygen.

We’ve all heard of The Green House Effect, where heat from the earth gets trapped in the atmosphere from high levels of carbon dioxide. However, did you know that one mature tree can absorb 48 pounds of carbon dioxide per year, and release enough oxygen to support two people?

2. Trees protect the water we drink.

Trees are natural pollution filters for our water. When it rains, their canopies break the fall of rainwater and lessen surface runoff which takes pollutants to streams. Trees use these potential water pollutants, like nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium, as nutrients.

3. Trees conserve energy.

By properly positioning one tree in the landscape, the average homeowner could save 58% on daytime air-conditioning. Applied nationwide, the shade could reduce our country’s consumption of oil by 500,000 barrels per day. (American Forests, “The Case for Greener Cities”) Trees lower local air temperatures, shade buildings in the summer and block winter winds, all of which result in lower energy costs.

4. Trees increase traffic safety.

Tall trees lining a street give the illusion of a narrower street, and if they are spaced closely together, the perception of speed. This causes drivers to slow down and improves traffic safety.

5. Trees improve a region’s economic stability.

The first impression a traveler gets of a town is often based on the quantity and condition of the town’s trees. Trees attract tourists, and tree-lined streets cause people to linger longer, which is a boon to merchants. Apartment complexes filled with trees rent faster, as do wooded business complexes.

6. Trees increase real estate value.

Trees can increase the value of real estate property 5-15% when compared to properties without trees.

7. Trees increase social benefits.

Trees reduce noise pollution in urban areas, and have the potential to reduce violent crimes. University of Illinois research concluded that the presence of trees can reduce crime like domestic violence and child abuse, and therefore decrease social service budgets. Influenced in part by this research, Chicago city government spent $10 million to plant 20,000 trees.

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Facts About Trees

Trees & the Environment
  • Trees continue to keep our air supply fresh by soaking up carbon dioxide and generating oxygen.
  • The volume of oxygen made by an acre of trees each year equals the amount consumed by 18 people yearly. One tree generates almost 260 pounds of oxygen each and every year.
  • One acre of trees eliminates up to 2.6 tons of carbon dioxide every year.
  • Shade trees will make buildings up to 20 degrees cooler during the summer.
  • Trees decrease air temperature by evaporating water inside their leaves.
  • The cottonwood tree seed is the seed which stays in flight the longest. The little seed is encompassed by ultra-light, white fluff hairs which will carry it in the air for a few days.
  • In a single year, an acre of trees can take in as much carbon as is created by a car driven approximately 8700 miles.
  • Trees supply shade and shelter, decreasing yearly heating and cooling expenses by 2.1 billion dollars.
  • Trees decrease air temperatures by evaporating water inside their leaves.
  • The typical tree in a city area survives just about 8 years!
  • A tree doesn't get to its most fruitful stage of carbon storage for about ten years.
  • Trees decrease noise pollution by serving as sound barriers.
  • Tree roots strengthen the soil and stop erosion.
  • Trees enhance water quality by slowing and filtering rain water in addition to protecting aquifers and watersheds.
  • Trees shield you from downward fall of rain, sleet, and hail in addition to reducing storm run-off and the potential for flooding,
  • Trees supply food and shelter for animals.
  • Trees situated alongside roads behave as a glare and reflection control.
  • The death of one 70-year old tree would return over 3 tons of carbon to the atmosphere.
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