Urban Tree Canopy Assessments: Part 2
June 19, 2020
In this blog series, learn more about the process, why you need one, and how an urban tree canopy assessment will benefit the community.
Part 2: The Benefits of Trees
Remember when you used to climb on your favorite tree as a kid, found that great fishing spot next to a big tree, looked for that parking spot shaded by a tree, or took a walk through a forest and felt calmer and refreshed on the other side? These are just some of the benefits that trees provide.
Urban Heat Island Mitigation
Trees lower temperatures by shading buildings, asphalt and concrete, reducing the urban heat island effect and improving living conditions and human health.
Trees have been shown to improve human health by absorbing harmful air pollutants, providing access to nature, and lowering stress levels.
Water Quality and Stormwater Absorption
Trees provide a range of water quality and stormwater management benefits including protecting watershed health, drinking water supplies, and property. These mitigating functions are performed through rainfall interception, transpiration (water to gas), infiltration (water absorbed by the soil), and phytoremediation (cleaning of soil, air, and water).
Increasing tree canopy in lower-income neighborhoods can decrease summer temperatures, expand recreation opportunities, and improve physical and mental health. Learn more in this case study from Baltimore, Maryland.
Trees have many more benefits including increasing property value, aesthetics, crime reduction, traffic calming, improved bike/pedestrian transportation, and climate change resilience.