Why Trees?

You might be wondering why it matters to plant trees. Trees are more than just a food source or place to live for wildlife and insects. Most people, in fact 80% of our nation’s population, live in urban areas. And a significant portion of our trees, 25% of our nation’s tree canopy, are in parks, along streets and in our backyards. Protecting and planting trees are important ways to improve the quality of life for the majority of people who are residents of our cities. Trees are an untapped resource that can be used to help cities deal with the pollution of our air and water, cool our city streets, reduce crime, reduce asthma and improve our overall health.*

Tree Facts:

  • One tree that shades your home in the city will also save fossil fuel, cutting CO2 buildup as much as 15 forest trees.
  • A single mature tree can absorb carbon dioxide at a rate of 48 lbs/year and release enough oxygen back into the atmosphere to support 2 human beings.
  • A total of 300 trees can counter balance the amount of pollution one person produces in a lifetime.
  • Trees act as natural pollution filters. Their canopies, trunks, roots and associated soil and other natural elements of the landscape filter polluted particulate matter out of the flow toward the storm sewers.
  • The evaporation from a single large tree can produce the cooling effect of 10 room size air conditioners operating 24 hours/day.
  • Apartments and offices in wooded areas rent more quickly and have higher occupancy rates.
  • A U.S. Department of Energy study reports that trees reduce noise pollution by acting as a buffer and absorbing 50% of urban noise.**

To learn more about what trees can do click here. It is important to remember that trees provide many services to our communities. By planting more trees and replacing those lost to disease or storms, we are creating better places to live.

References:

*http://www.usmayors.org/trees/

**www.coloradotress.org/benefits

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