800,000 flowering magnolias are sold annually in the United States (1); capture a piece of the beauty and excitement for yourself! Trees are beneficial to you, your family’s health, and the community; they increase property values and much, much, more…

Supported by:
• United States Department of Agriculture
• American Lung Association
• International Society of Arboriculture
• States of: Arizona; Arkansas; Colorado; Idaho; Massachusetts; New Jersey; New York; North Carolina; Ohio; Oregon; Virginia; and Washington (2);
• the City of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; 153 communities in New Jersey designated as ‘Tree Cities’(3)… and other cities nationwide.

According to the United States Department of Agriculture and the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA, 2014) Trees can benefit you by (4):

• Air Filtration. Trees filter out particulate matter and absorb harmful fasses while producing oxygen.
• Water Purification and Conservation. Trees slow and filter rainwater and protect aquifers and watersheds.
• Lower Heating/Cooling Bills. Trees reduce yearly heating and cooling costs by 2.1 billion dollars.
• Climate Control. Trees moderate and provide protection from the effects of sun, wind, and rain.
• Increase Property Value. Well-cared for landscape properties with trees are 5-20% more valuable than non-landscaped properties.
• Improve Social Interaction. Trees in neighborhoods lower the crime rate, create privacy, provide sound barriers, as well as add beauty.

In addition, two urban forestry programs, i.e., one in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania… the other in New Jersey, are examples of cities and states promoting tree eco systems and programs that not only reduce greenhouse gases but also contribute economically, environmentally, and socially.

In Pittsburgh’s 2011 i-Tree Eco Analysis, (based on 2005 estimates), street trees provided an average cumulative benefit of $81 per tree per year with a gross total value of $2.4 million annually. Trees helped conserve and reduce energy use; reduce local carbon dioxide levels; improve air quality; mitigate storm water runoff; and provide other benefits associated with aesthetic value, property value, and quality of life (5). When the City’s annual tree-related expenditures were considered ($816,400), the net annual benefit (benefits minus costs) to the City is $1.6 million, with an average net benefit of $53 per year for an individual street tree (6).

‘The importance of, and need for, green space and community forests is perhaps no greater than in the nation’s most densely populated state: New Jersey. Due to its centralized location in the Boston-New York-Philadelphia-Washington DC metropolis, New Jersey’s density in 1,189 people per-square-mile, and each of the state’s 21 counties is defined as “urban”. In a year 2000 estimate, approximately 22.3% of New Jersey’s trees are located in urban areas, higher than any other state, and 135 communities, which encompass 2.5 million residents, had earned Tree City status (NJDEP Environmental Trades Report 2000). In 2013, the National Arbor Day Foundation listed 153 communities in New Jersey as Tree City USA, further demonstrating the growth and awareness and education efforts in New Jersey communities.’(7)

According to the American Lung Association State of the Air 2011… Trees improve air quality by absorbing and reducing air pollutants (ozone [O3], carbon monoxide [CO], nitrogen dioxide [NO2]), particulate matter less than 10 microns (PM10), and sulfur dioxide [SO2]). The i-Tree Eco analysis estimated that Pittsburgh’s urban forest removes 532 tons of air pollution per year, with an associated value of $3.75 million. Street trees alone account for $252,935 in annual air quality improvements (8).

 

Footnotes /References:

(1) Fare, D. (2011). A Comprehensive evaluation of yellow-flowering Magnolias, Magnolia, The Journal of the Magnolia Society International, Volume 46, Issue No. 90, FALL /Winter, pp 13-29
(2) Plant Something, http://www.plant-something.org/ (Accessed December 2014)
(3) The New Jersey Shade Tree Federation, Economic Impact of Urban Forestry in New Jersey: www.njstf.org; Economic Impact of Urban Forestry in New Jersey (Accessed 15 December 2014).
(4) ISA, (2014) Tree Owner’s Manual, http://www.treesaregood.com/treeowner/treeownersmanual.aspx
(5) 2012 Pittsburgh’s Urban Forest Structure and Function : http://treepittsburgh.org/sites/default/files/documents/UFMP/pages/pittsburgh_urban_forest_master_plan_201208_-_06-14_state_of_the_urban_forest.pdf (accessed Nov 9, 2014) by: Tree Pittsburgh • 5401 Butler Street • 2nd Floor • Pittsburgh, PA 15201 (412) 781-TREE (8733) • Web Address: info@treepittsburgh.org (accessed Nov 9, 2014) ; Content © 2012-2013 Tree Pittsburgh ; http://treepittsburgh.org/urban-forest-master-plan (accessed 9 Nov. 2014) ; What do we have? ; 2012 State of the Urban Forest
(6) ibid
(7) The New Jersey Shade Tree Federation, loc.cit.
(8) ibid