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During our 2016-2017 planting season, we planted over 20,000 trees in 85 different zip codes throughout the Houston area. 

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. 
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