New, customizable resource shows the value of trees

Money doesn’t grow on trees, or does it?

People know the many benefits that trees can provide – clean our air, beautify our communities, reduce stormwater runoff, and decrease noise pollution – but did you know trees also save you money?  With technology from i-Tree you can calculate how much your trees are saving you.  Now, with a new resource from the USDA Forest Service Urban Natural Resources Institute (UNRI), you can let others know exactly how much your trees are saving you.

The “Tree Benefits Labels” can be modified for your specific trees. According to UNRI, the labels utilize the scientific calculations developed in the MyTree application, which is part of i-Tree, and deliverthe ecosystem services provided by a tree growing in an urban setting. With the look of a nutrition label, you can show precisely how much you are saving on carbon dioxide sequestration, storm water runoff, air pollution removal, avoided emissions, and more.

Arbor Day may be over, but it is never too late to appreciate what trees provide. What is the tree in your yard saving you?

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