Tree Benefits

Flowering tree along street with red brick building behind it.

Top 10 Benefits of Trees

  1. Trees help purify the air we breathe by absorbing pollutants.
  2. Trees increase property values and improve the tax base in communities.
  3. Trees improve neighborhood appeal, attracting businesses, shoppers, and homeowners.
  4. Trees cool our cities and towns by reducing heat generated by buildings and paved surfaces.
  5. Tree shade, properly placed, can save an average household up to $250 annually in energy costs.
  6. Trees reduce the amount of pollutants in sewer systems, saving communities millions of dollars in water treatment costs.
  7. Trees soften harsh building lines and large expanses of pavement, making urban environments much more pleasant.
  8. Trees provide habitat for birds and other wildlife, maintaining a balance with nature even in urban areas.
  9. Trees reduce the amount of water-borne pollutants that reach streams and rivers.
  10. Trees reduce levels of domestic violence and foster safer, more sociable neighborhood environments.

Source: Urban and Community Forestry Appreciation Tool Kit USDA Forest Service NA-IN-02-04
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