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The neighbors are cutting down more trees today.... running a wood chipper, using a leaf blower, chain saws. Since I am to the South of these neighbors on a gradient, I get the direct flow of stormwater run-off from their properties. Yippee.... that means, less trees, more stormwater; our spring ducks remaining longer in our rain trenches, and our wetlands staying wetter.
It gives me an excuse to plant more native wetland wildflowers, trees, shrubs to make up for the stormwater up-take, water interception gaps left by clueless, and soul-less neighbors cutting down all their existing plantings on their properties.
If they would only educate themselves on urban forests. Trees control stormwater runoff, also improve water quality as well as the quality of life of city people, and urban wildlife. Neighborhoods with fewer trees have the potential for not only increased stormwater, but also pollutants. Chemicals flow in to our water supply and systems resulting in health risks. Flood contaminants lead to increased taxpayers dollars to treat the water, and treat a sicker population. Less trees mean less wildlife habitat. Trees are desparately needed in the urban setting for biodiversity. More tree canopy also seems to lesson crime in the cities, hmmmm......
Trees are part of the water cycle. In an urban forest canopy when it rains, most raindrops hit a leaf or a branch and remain there a while in "temporary storage" before they are released by evaporation into the atmosphere or by drops falling to the ground. This is called rainfall interception, and leaves on deciduous trees can intercept 500-700 gallons of H2O / year. Mature evergreens can intercept more than 4,000 gallons/year
Trees roots also slow and reduce stormwater run-off, flooding, and erosion.
What is the value of a tree? by sactree.com
A tree can return up to $2.70 for each $1 on community investment…that’s a 270% return (based on a 40 year average life span according to Center for Urban Forest Research, Pacific Southwest Research Station, U.S. Forest Service, Davis, CA)
Four trees planted around a home can save up to 30% on summer cooling costs.
One million trees save $10 million a year in energy costs.
Forty trees remove 80 pounds of air pollutants annually.
Four million trees can save $20 million in air pollution clean up.
Four hundred trees capture 140,000 gallons of rainwater annually.
Four million trees save $14 million dollars in annual storm water runoff costs.
Trees in commercial parking lots induce shoppers to spend 11% more for goods and services.
Shade from trees could save up to $175 per year (per structure) in air conditioning costs. -Dr. Lowell Ponte
Trees can boost the market value of your home by an average of 6 or 7 percent. -Dr. Lowell Ponte
Healthy, mature trees add an average of 10 percent to a property's value. -USDA Forest Service
Landscaping, especially with trees, can increase property values as much as 20 percent. -Management Information Services/ICMA
The net cooling effect of a young, healthy tree is equivalent to ten room-size air conditioners operating 20 hours a day. -U.S. Department of Agriculture
Nationally, the 60 million street trees have an average value of $525 per tree. -Management Information Services
A tree, over a 50-year period, will generate $31,250 worth of oxygen, provide $62,000 worth of air pollution control, and recycle $37,500 worth of water.