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Benefits of Urban Forestry

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Reduce Energy Needs

Can reduce air conditioning needs by 30% and reduce energy needed for heating by 20 to 50% 

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Urban trees can provide nuts, berries and fruit to people. They are a source of food for urban wildlife. 

Provide Food
Carbon Capture

A tree can absorb up to 150 kg of Carbon Dioxide every year, sequestering carbon, and consequently mitigate climate change.

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Prevent Erosion

The canopy of urban trees can prevent rainfall erosion.  Tree roots bind to the soil to prevent erosion. Water uptake by trees counteracts very wet soil.

Spending time with trees can reduce stress, brain fatigue, blood pressure, and heart rate.  General mental and spiritual well being is improved.

Improve Mental Health
Cooling

Urban trees can cool the city

air by 2 to 8

degrees Celsius 

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Urban forests increase road safety by reducing fatigue and stress, slowing traffic, or improving driver attention.

Increase Road Safety
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Inspire Community

In communities with trees people report a stronger feeling of unity and cohesion with neighbours, feel safer, and like where they are living more than residents who have few nearby trees.

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Improve Air Quality

Urban trees filter air pollutants and fine particles and produce oxygen. 

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In addition to providing wildlife with food, urban trees also provide habitat and protection.  

Increase Biodiversity
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Regulate Water

Urban trees improve water filtration, store water, and reduce stormwater runoff.

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Improve  Health

Even looking at trees while recovering can increase the speed of recovery and improve energy levels.  Forested environments encourage physical activity  and reduce  obesity, diabetes, and asthma.

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Urban trees make cities more beautiful and can hide unattractive features like walls, freeways, and parking lots.  They create attractive business  districts and have a positive influence on visitors’ perceptions of a city.

Add Beauty
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Landscaping, especially with trees can increase property values up to 20%.  At resell, an  investment in landscaping brings a  200% return.

Increase Home Values
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Increase City Value

Urban trees add value of between $1.88 and $12.70 for every dollar spent on maintaining them, depending on the city.