Here are a few facts about trees that all tree lovers should know:
· 1 Tree reduces stormwater runoff by over 4,000 gls per year.
· 100 trees remove 5 tons of CO2 from the atmosphere per year.
· “The net cooling effect of a young, healthy tree is equivalent to ten room-size air conditioners
· operating 20 hours a day.”—U.S. Department of Agriculture
· “Landscaping can reduce air conditioning costs by up to 50 percent, by shading the windows
· and walls of a home.” — American Public Power Association
· Healthy trees can increase property values by an average of 10%. Trees provide habitat for
· birds, mammals, & insects.
· The roots of trees help reduce soil erosion by holding soil in place.
· “If you plant a tree today on the west side of your home, in 5 years your energy bills should
· be 3% less. In 15 years the savings will be nearly 12%.” —Dr. E. Greg McPherson, Center for
· Urban Forest Research
· “Trees properly placed around buildings can reduce air conditioning needs by 30 percent and
· can save 20 - 50 percent in energy used for heating.”—USDA Forest Service
· Through photosynthesis, in 1 day an average tree can provide enough oxygen for a family of 4
· for that day.
· Trees planted along highways & city streets have been shown to help reduce drivers’ stress &
· reduce speeds.
· Mature trees in business districts have been shown to positively affect shoppers’ behaviors.
· Neighborhoods with more trees have been shown to have a lower crime rate.
· Trees help people feel better – both mentally & physically.
· Trees help reduce flooding by helping to reduce runoff.
· “One acre of forest absorbs six tons of carbon dioxide and puts out four tons of oxygen. This is
· enough to meet the annual needs of 18 people.”—U.S. Department of Agriculture
· “There are about 60-to 200- million spaces along our city streets where trees could be planted.
· This translates to the potential to absorb 33 million more tons of CO2 every year, and saving
$4 billion in energy costs.”—National Wildlife Federation