In one study, 83% of realtors believe that mature trees have a ‘strong or moderate impact’ on the salability of homes listed for under $150,000; on homes over $250,000, this perception increases to 98%. ~ Arbor National Mortgage & American Forests
2. Energy Savings
Trees properly placed around buildings can reduce air conditioning needs by 30 percent and can save 20–50 percent in energy used for heating. ~USDA Forest Service
3. Air Quality
One acre of forest absorbs six tons of carbon dioxide and puts out four tons of oxygen. This is enough to meet the annual needs of 18 people. ~U.S. Department of Agriculture
4. Drainage and Stormwater Mitigation
The planting of trees means improved water quality, resulting in less runoff and erosion. This allows more recharging of the ground water supply. Wooded areas help prevent the transport of sediment and chemicals into streams. ~USDA Forest Service
5. Health and Quality of Life
In laboratory research, visual exposure to settings with trees has produced significant recovery from stress within five minutes, as indicated by changes in blood pressure and muscle tension. ~Dr. Roger S. Ulrich Texas A&M University
6. Provide Shelter and Food for Wildlife
Many animals use trees for resting, nesting and for places from which to hunt or capture prey.
Animals are able to enjoy delicious fruits and foraging opportunities.
During times of extreme heat or precipitation, animals can seek shade and shelter under the trees without being away from their food source. ~National Wildlife Federation
7. Traffic Calming
Texas A and M conducted simulation research which found people slow down while driving through a treed scape.