I recently worked in Ann Arbor, Michigan on an i-Tree Eco project; if you don’t know what i-Tree is you should! Look it up!
Just waned to take a moment and share my thoughts on communities, like Ann Arbor, that have in place an effective system of sustainable, eco-friendly policy, and management.
Because of the City’s commitment to tree preservation, urban greening, smart growth policies, and conservation the community benefits on several different fronts. Environmentally there is a reduction of CO2, O3, NO2, PM10 by trees through their ability to sequester the aforementioned pollution. Energy saving trees reduce heating costs in the winter and cooling costs in the summer through insulation by the former and shading by the latter. Economically trees are valued by institutions like the Certified Tree and Landscape Association effectively quantifying their worth aesthetically and often times increasing home values.
These are just a few examples of the any benefits of trees, a short list of benefits taps into social, physiological and psychological benefits as well. My message is simple: advocating for urban forestry has a domino effect on both natural and human communities that is worth fighting for!