Around homes, trees increase property value and when strategically planted, provide savings on utility bills. Trees also make economic sense in business districts by attracting shoppers to linger and shop longer. From a broad ecosystem perspective, trees and forests provide billions of dollars worth of nature's benefits to people with no direct costs.
In exchange for giving oxygen, trees absorb carbon dioxide and trap lung-damaging dust, ash, pollen and smoke from the air. In addition, trees prevent soil erosion, increase water quality, provide shade and reduce temperatures in downtown areas, making a difference in our urban environment.
Children and adults who live, study and work and amongst trees are generally healthier. Trees help reduce noise and glare, provide a peaceful atmosphere and encourage social interaction and outdoor exercise. Studies link fewer mental disorders and incidence of violence and crime to having views of trees and greenspace.
Trees also define neighborhood character and help make streets safer, and planting trees leaves a legacy for future generations to enjoy.