The Value of Trees

The Value of Trees

Can you imagine working at a job 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and paying your employer? Believe it or not, the trees in our community work this hard for all of us.

They furnish communities with dollar-value services the American Forestry Association estimates at $273 per tree yearly.

Urban trees are considered 25 times more valuable than those trees in the wild because they enhance the value of real estate. In some cases, the price of a lot with trees can be worth up to 20% more than a comparable lot without trees.

On the average, trees add between five and seven percent to a house lot. According to the U.S. Forest Service, the added value translates into an extra $5,000 per lot. Typically, property with trees sells faster.

According to a survey from the National Association of Home Builders, 43% of homebuyers paid up to a $3,000 premium for homes with trees, while 30% paid premiums between $3,000 and $5,000. Twenty-seven percent spent over $5,000. Of the last group 8% spent an additional $10,000 for wooded lots.

When a 50-year old tree thrives, it contributes a lifetime of products the U.S. Forest Service estimates at $200,000. The tree pays out:

$31,250 of oxygen
$62,500 in air pollution control
$31,250 in soil erosion control
$37,500 in recycling water and controlling humidity
$31,250 in shelter for birds and animals
$2,500 in protein

With dividends this high for one mature tree, can you imagine the value added to the landscape from all the urban trees in our community?