Trees beautify and connect our communities. They clean our air, provide oxygen and provide habitat for wildlife. Trees create a sense of wonder.
Trees benefit our community in numerous ways.
Trees stimulate economic development. “Trees attract new business and tourism. Commercial retail areas are more attractive to shoppers and real estate in a wooded setting is more valuable to sell or rent.” – The Arbor Day Foundation
Trees increase business traffic. Studies show that the more trees and landscaping a business district has, the more business will flow in. A tree-lined street will also slow traffic – enough to allow the drivers to look at the store fronts, instead of whizzing by.
Trees block things. Trees can mask concrete walls or parking lots, and unsightly views. They muffle sound from nearby streets, and create an eye-soothing canopy of green. Trees absorb dust, pollutants, carbon dioxide and wind and reduce glare.
Tree planting means improved water quality. “Runoff and erosion is reduced, helping prevent transport of sediment and chemicals into streams, bays and ultimately the ocean.” (Gulf in our case!) – USDA Forest Service
Trees save water. Shade from our trees slows water evaporation from thirsty lawns.
Trees cool the streets and our town. “Trees cool the town by up to 10 degrees F, by shading our homes and streets and reducing air conditioning needs by 30-50 percent.” – USDA Forest Service
Trees shield children from ultra-violet rays. Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. Trees reduce UV-B exposure by about 50%, thus providing protection to children on school campuses, homes and play grounds – where children spend hours outdoors.
Trees increase property values. The beauty of a well-planted property, street and its surrounding neighborhood can raise property values by as much as 20 percent.
Trees are calming. “Laboratory research shows that visual exposure to settings with trees produces significant recovery from stress within five minutes.” (The Emerald Coast’s specialty!) – Dr. Roger S. Ulrich, Texas A&M University
Trees bring diverse groups of people together. Tree plantings provide an opportunity for community involvement and empowerment that improves the quality of life in our neighborhoods. All cultures, ages, and genders have an important role to play at a tree planting or tree care event.
Trees add unity. Trees as landmarks can give a neighborhood a new identity and encourage civic pride.
Tree street plantings help the environment. “Nationally, there are 60-200 million spaces along our city streets where trees could be planted. This translates to the potential to absorb 33 million more tons of Carbon Dioxide every year, and saving $4 billion in energy costs.” – National Wildlife Federation