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Your trees Matter

By: Lacey Russell, PhD | May 3rd, 2018

According to the National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council, urban trees are 15 times more effective than forest trees at reducing the build-up of carbon dioxide and promoting energy conservation.  Urban trees promote energy conservation by mitigating the urban heat island effect and reducing energy consumption. Nationally, urban forests cover 3.1% of total land area and are expected to rise to 8.1%% by 2050.

Urban forests provide an estimated $17 billion in ecosystem service benefits.  Your trees:

  • Improve air quality
  • Reduce heating and cooling costs
  • Sequester carbon
  • Improve storm water management
  • Increase property value
  • Improve mental and physical health