Benefits of Trees
Trees Reduce Air Pollution
- Trees reduce pollutants such as nitrogen oxide, carbon dioxide and particulates (tiny particles floating in our air as a result of combustion) that trigger asthma and other respiratory illnesses in urban areas.
- Large trees provide the greatest percentage of benefits. As trees grow, they sequester additional carbon and are most effective at removing pollution.
- Trees store $721 million worth of carbon in the Houston region.
- One acre of trees removes up to 2.6 tons of carbon dioxide each year.
Trees Provide Oxygen
- Through the process of photosynthesis, trees provide us with the oxygen we need in order to breathe.
Trees Reduce Urban Heat and Home Cooling Bills
- Temperatures can vary significantly within a city. Typically, urban forests reduce temperatures in a city as much as 10 °F by shading buildings and concrete and returning humidity to the air through transpiration.
- Trees provide shade and help reduce cooling costs for home owners. By strategically planting trees on the east and west side of a house, cooling cost can be dramatically reduced. Large deciduous trees help to shade in the summer yet, allow sun to shine on our homes for winter warmth.
Trees Reduce Stress
- Exposure to nature and green space benefits our social, psychological, and physical health.
Provide Food and Habitat for Wildlife
- In addition to providing shelter for wildlife, trees are a food source for many species of animals.
Trees Reduce Storm Water Runoff and Slow Erosion
- Through their roots, trees absorb and clean excess rainwater. The roots of trees help hold the soil in place therefore preventing erosion.