Benefits of Urban Trees

Trees make communities liveable for people.  Trees add beauty and create an environment beneficial to our mental health.
♦ Adds natural character to our cities and towns
♦ Provide us with colors, flowers, and beautiful shapes, forms and textures
♦ Screens harsh scenery
♦ Soften the outline of masonary, metal and glass
♦ Can be used architecturally to provide space definition and landscape continuity

Trees impact deeply on our moods and emotions, providing psychological benefits impossible to measure.
♦ Create feelings of relaxation and well-being
♦ Provide privacy and a sense of solitude and security
♦ Shorten post-operative hospital stays when patients are placed in rooms with a view of trees and open spaces

A well-managed urban forest contributes to a sense of community pride and ownership.

Benefits of Trees
♦ Trees conserve water and reduce soil erosion
♦ Trees save energy
♦ Trees modify local climate
   • Lower air temperature through shade
   • Increase humidity in dry climates through evaporation of moisture
   • Reduce glare on sunny days
   • Reduce wind speed
♦ Trees increase economic stability
   • Trees enhance community economic stability by attracting businesses and tourists
   • People linger and shop loner along tree-lined streets
   • Apartments and office in wooded areas rent more quickly, have higher occupancy rates and tenants stay longer
   • Businesses leasing office space in wooded developments find their workers are more productive and absenteeism is reduced
♦ Trees reduce noise pollution
♦ Trees create wildlife and plant diversity
♦ Trees increase property values
   • Healthy trees can add up to 15 percent to residential property values
   • Office and industrial space in a wooded setting is in more demand and is more valuable to sell or rent
♦ Trees exceed the life of pavement