URBAN FOREST AND TREE BENEFITS

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San Diego’s tree canopy is 60-70% below what is considered healthy for humans and the environment, and it continues to decrease in size. Drought, tree disease, and neglect all are significant contributors to a tree canopy’s decline. California metropolitan areas have long histories of tackling these issues with help from urban forestry organizations, and Tree San Diego is at the forefront of the battle to preserve, protect, and enhance the region’s urban forests!

 

One of the best investments we can make in San Diego’s future is through tree preservation, enhancement, and expansion. Trees provide us with vital resources and services by providing clean air, increased property values, and beautiful neighborhoods. Learn more about trees by reading about urban forest elements!

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CARBON REMOVAL

Trees grow through their consumption of carbon dioxide which makes our air cleaner and healthier.

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SOIL SEQUESTRATION

Trees have a significant, beneficial effect on soil conservation as tree roots hold soil in place, reducing erosion.

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HEALTH BENEFITS

Studies have measured 

improvement in overall emotional and psychological health in treed environments.

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COMMUNITY BENEFITS

In addition to enhancing urban home and business environments, the presence of trees enriches local communities.

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REAL ESTATE

Urban forests provide subtle but real economic benefits to households by increasing real estate values. Mature trees bring economic benefits.

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WILDLIFE HABITAT

The 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

Urban forests provide some economic benefits through urban forest improvements near local businesses.

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NOISE REDUCTION

Trees with thick branches at all levels help to reduce noise and noise volume.

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WATER CONTROL

Mature trees intercept rainfall in their crowns, reducing runoff and providing cleaner water. ​ 

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ENERGY CONSERVATION

Urban forests provide some economic benefits through urban forest improvements near local businesses.

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AIR QUALITY

Trees can conserve energy with their shading and their cooling effect by releasing moisture into the air.

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OTHER BENEFITS

Trees have a multitude of other benefits beyond what is listed here. Click below to find out more.