The VALUES of our URBAN FOREST
ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS

CLEAN AIR

a) Oxygen from photosynthesis

b) Intercept particulate matter such as dust and hydrocarbons from fossil fuel combustion, and other volatile organic carbon compounds

CLIMATE CONTROL

a) Cooling---shade, evapotranspiration

b) Heating---respiration, shelter

c) Conserve Energy for buildings

d) Alleviate Global Warming---fixing Carbon, photosynthesis

EROSION CONTROL

a) Interception---foliage dissipates rainfall energy reducing rainfall impact on soil, some H2O absorbed by plant

b) Decreased Soil Erosion & Storm Runoff---from tree roots which hold soil and utilize rainfall & runoff

NOISE REDUCTION

a) Absorb, Diffuse, Reflect Sound

WILDLIFE HABITAT

a) Food Source

b) Shelter---for local & migratory biota

c) Ultimately a component of the FOOD WEB & URBAN ECOSYSTEM

RESOURCE UTILIZATION

a) Wood---for fuel, furniture, & building

b) Leaves---for compost

c) Chips---for insulation & weed suppression ground cover

d) Fruit---food source

e) Foliage---decoration, etc.

SOCIAL IMPACTS

AESTHETIC QUALITIES---beautification via trees and landscapes

PSYCHOLOGICAL UPLIFT---green is a relaxing color, reduced crime

IMPROVEMENT OF CIVIC PRIDE---community identity with trees

HISTORICAL/CULTURAL IMPACT---recognize previous achievements

ENHANCED PROPERTY VALUES---

up to 20% of property value from trees and surrounding landscape

INCREASED TAX BASE---trees increase the monetary worth of the area