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January 20, 2016

Benefits of Trees

Trees are one of the best investments we can make in the future of our city. When properly cared for, urban trees provide valuable and vital services – like clean air, increased property values, and peaceful neighborhoods.

We are strongly oriented toward “smart tree,” meaning the intelligent use of trees in ways that maximize their benefits to humans and to the environment. So what are these benefits?

 

Carbon Removal

A mature Bradford pear similar to the one above was found to store approximately 306 kg (676 lb) of CO2 in aboveground biomass.

Trees use carbon dioxide when they grow and, thus, remove it from the air. A major report on this carbon sequestration benefit in urban forests is Carbon dioxide reduction through urban forestry: Guidelines for professional and volunteer tree planters, by Gregory E. McPherson and James R. Simpson.

A mature Bradford pear similar to the one shown
was found to store approximately 306 kg (676 lb)
of CO2 in aboveground biomass.

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Soil Conservation

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Trees have a significant beneficial effect on soil conservation.

Tree roots hold soil in place reducing erosion. 10,886 tons of soil is saved annually with tree cover in a medium-sized city.

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Health Benefits

health-benefitsStudies have shown that hospital patients with a view of trees outside their windows recover faster and with fewer complications than those without such views.

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Community Enrichment

community-enrichmentIn addition to enhancing the home and business environment in an urban area, the presence of trees enriches the community.

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Real Estate

real-estateUrban forests provide subtle but real economic benefits to individuals via real estate values.

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Social Benefits

socialAmong the benefits of trees reported by the Building Safety Division of Culver City are the following…

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Wildlife Habitat

wildlife-habitatThe presence of trees creates an environment that allows the growth of plants that otherwise would not be there, increasing food varieties for wildlife.

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Business Benefits

businessUrban forests provide subtle but real economic benefits to individuals via improvements to businesses.

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Noise Reduction

noise-reductionAside from the obvious of loud noises causing sleep interruption, noise can cause anxiety, tension, or even illness. Prolonged exposure to high levels of noise can cause hearing loss.

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Water Control

water-controlMature trees intercept rainfall in their crowns, reducing runoff and providing cleaner water. Stand under a full-leafed tree at the start of a rain storm. Look at the wet ground beyond the tree and observe how long the ground under the canopy stays dry.

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Energy Conservation

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An appropriate shade tree planted today on the west side of your home should, in 5 years, reduce your summer air conditioning energy bills 3%. In 15 years the savings will be nearly 12%. An equal east side planting should show combined energy savings of up to 23%

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Air Quality

air-qualityOther than Carbon Dioxide removal, which is treated in a separate article, trees have a profound effect on air quality.

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