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