Benefits of Urban Trees

Benefits of trees
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One of the greatest benefits that trees provide is their ability to improve water quality and decrease flooding by reducing the amount of water runoff rushing through storm drains and into creeks after a rainfall. Trees also:

  • Make our homes worth more
  • Clean the air
  • Remove atmospheric carbon and other air pollutants and produce oxygen
  • Cool homes and streets
  • Save energy
  • Conserve soil
  • Provide food
  • Provide homes for wildlife
  • Provide wood
  • Improve health
  • Reduce violence
  • Mark the seasons
  • Reduce glare
  • Hide ugly views

Read the article “Trees Contribute to Stormwater Management” written by Deer Creek Watershed Alliance’s Project Horticulturalist Cindy Gilberg.

More resources on the benefits of trees:

National Tree Benefit Calculator
http://www.treebenefits.com/calculator/

Tree People
http://www.treepeople.org/top-22-benefits-trees

How Trees Can Retain Stormwater Runoff [5.2 MB pdf]
http://www.fs.fed.us/psw/programs/uesd/uep/products/11/800TreeCityUSABulletin_55.pdf

Using Trees to Reduce Stormwater Runoff Presentation
http://www.slideshare.net/watershedprotection/using-trees-to-reduce-stormwater-runoff-formatted-presentation


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