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Benefits of Urban Forestry
Urban Forests Are Economic Assets
  • Property values are increased by 15-20% when homes are surrounded by large trees or are located on well-shaded streets.
  • A mature, healthy street tree has an average dollar value of $2,064. The combined value of an urban forest appreciates over time representing a considerable economic asset to the Town of Tonawanda.

Urban Forests Save Energy
  • A mature tree in summer transpires up to 100 gallons of water a day, which is the equivalent of five large air conditioners operating 20 hours a day with resulting temperature decreases of 5-12 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Shade trees can reduce the temperature on the external surface of buildings by 16 degrees Fahrenheit, cutting air conditioning cost.
  • Windbreaks of trees can reduce winter heating costs 20-30%.

Urban Forests Improve Our Air
  • An 80-foot tree daily removes the amount of carbon dioxide produced by two single-family dwellings.
  • Over a 50-year lifetime, a tree produces oxygen worth $31,250 and provides $62 worth of air pollution control.
  • Globally, tree planting may slow the greenhouse effect.
  • Dust counts can be decreased by 75% downwind of urban plantings. Fumes and bad odors can be intercepted by trees or masked by their more pleasing odors.

Urban Forests Protect Our Water
  • Over a 50-year lifetime, a tree recycles $37,500 worth of water and controls $31,250 worth of soil erosion.
  • Windbreaks help control wind erosion. Greenbelts around watersheds can decrease water erosion and runoff and preserve water quality.

Urban Forests Improve Our Town
  • Urban trees soften architectural lines, articulate entry points and lend color and distinction to public buildings.
  • Well-placed tree buffers help channel traffic, control hazardous glare and reduce unwanted noise by up to 50%.
  • Shaded sidewalks, streets and town parks, provide places for recreation, rest and contemplation.

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