Good Reasons To Plant Trees

Reasons To Plant Trees

Environmental Impact From Trees

In one year a single tree can absorb as much carbon as a car produces when it is driven 26,000 miles.

Trees remove significant amounts of dust from the air. Streets with trees have 100 to 3,000 dust particles per liter compared to streets without trees where the concentration of dust particles was 10,000 to 12,000 per liter (Nelson, 1975).

MSU’s Update Forestry states that a tree over a 50 year lifetime generates $31,250 worth of oxygen, provides $62,000 worth of air pollution control, recycles $37,500 worth of water, and con- trols $31,250 worth of soil erosion.

One beech tree each year consumes and transforms carbon dioxide from the air in an amount equivalent to that found within the space of 800 single family homes.

Streets and highways planted with trees can have 60% fewer particles from automobile emissions than streets without trees.

By reducing wind speeds and by absorption and refraction of noise, soft surfaces such as vegeta- tion will absorb sound, while hard surfaces such as a highway or parking lot reflect and may even amplify sound.

Trees not only provide insulation for buildings and the Earth from the intense heat of solar radia- tion but also from abrupt temperature changes.

Economic Impact From Trees

National Arbor Day research reveals trees provide an economic boost to the community by attracting tourists and businesses.

People linger longer along tree-lined streets.

Apartments and offices in wooded areas rent more quickly, have higher occupancy rates, and tenants stay longer.

Business leasing office space in wooded developments find their workers are more productive and absenteeism is reduced.

Studies by the USDA have shown property values increase up to 15% in residential areas with healthy trees.

According to a report in Builder Magazine, many buyers are adding liability clauses in building contracts to insure against the loss of mature trees. For example, the loss of a 25 inch diameter red oak could run over $12,000 (using a formula of the International Society of Arboriculture, which calculates a tree’s value at $27 per square inch based on its diameter 4.5 feet from the ground.)