How Trees And Forests Benefit You

Trees Work For Your Wallet

  • Shade from two large trees on the west side of a house and one on the east side can save up to 30% of a typical residence's annual air conditioning costs.
  • Neighborhoods with well-shaded streets can be up to 10°F cooler than neighborhoods without street trees.
  • Trees properly placed around buildings as windbreaks can save up to 25% on winter heating costs.
  • For every 10% increase in forest cover in a watershed, costs to clean drinking water decreases by approximately 20%.
  • The presence of street trees in a neighborhood increase the sale prices of houses by an average of $8,870.

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Trees Work For Your Health

  • Views of nature assist at the workplace. Employees with views of nature report 15% fewer illnesses and feel more enthusiastic and less frustrated than those without a view outside.
  • Hospital patients recovering from surgery who had a view of a grove of trees through their windows required fewer pain relievers and left the hospital a day sooner than similar patients who had a view of a brick wall.
  • Those who commute along tree lined roads remain calmer (lower pulse and blood pressure) and drive less aggressively than those who drive along less treed roads.
  • Park users report urban forests and parks offer a place for reflective thought, resting the mind and creative thinking even better than their homes.
  • Tree-lined streets are more walkable, encouraging more active lifestyles which decreases obesity and improves heart health.
  • Trees reduce noise. 100 foot plantings tall trees can reduce loudness by 50 percent.

Trees Work For Your Family

  • ADD symptoms in children are relieved after spending time in a treed area. Kids are better able to concentrate, complete tasks, and follow directions after playing in natural settings.
  • A 10% increase in trees in a neighborhood reduces crime by 12%.
  • Parents who lived in areas with trees and greenery report committing fewer aggressive acts against their family.
  • Girls with a home view of trees and greenery score higher on tests of concentration and self discipline.
  • College students with more natural views from their dorm windows score higher on tests.
  • Tree along streets promote physical activity in children and increase longevity of the elderly.
  • Contact with nature helps children to develop imagination and creativity, intellectual development and social relationships.
  • People who take a walk in nature concentrate better afterwards than those who practice relaxation techniques indoors.
  • One of the most effective means of protecting children from ultraviolet radiation is to plant shade trees where they play.

Trees Work For Your Community

  • Trees contribute positively to downtown shopping areas. People are willing to spend 12% more for goods and services in downtowns with trees. They’ll also spend more time shopping and come back more frequently.
  • Using the police department’s crime reports to study crime rates around areas with trees and lawns as compared to more barren landscaping, research has found that green areas have a staggering HALF as many crimes as areas with no trees or grass. People also report feeling safer in communities surrounded with trees.
  • People tend to be more familiar and socialize more with neighbors in neighborhoods with trees. People also tend to feel more satisfied where they live if their homes are surrounded by trees.
  • People in housing surrounded by trees report that their life issues feel less difficult, they procrastinate less, and have higher attention spans.

Trees Work For Our Environment

  • 100 mature tree intercept about 100,000 gallons of rainfall per year, reducing runoff and providing cleaner water.
  • The net cooling effect of a young, healthy tree is equivalent to 10 room-size air conditioners operating 20 hours a day.
  • Modest increases of 10% canopy cover in the New York City Area were shown to reduce peak ozone levels by 37% of the amount by which the area exceeded its air quality standard. Similar results were found in Los Angeles and along the East Coast from Baltimore to Boston.
  • Missouri’s forests store more than 5 million tons of carbon.
  • Trees and forests are renewable resources when managed properly. As trees are harvested, new trees quickly emerge and fill in the gaps left behind.
  • Each year, an acre of forest captures between 1 and 4 tons of additional carbon.
  • For each pound of new wood that grows, the tree removes about 1.8 pounds of carbon dioxide from the air and produces 1.3 pounds of oxygen.

Trees Work For Our Economy

  • Through the production of wood products, Missouri’s forest product industry contributes $8 billion to the state’s economy annually, supports 42,000 jobs and generates $600 million in taxes.
  • Trees along streets in Missouri’s communities provide $148 million annually in benefits, including energy savings, increase in property value, and stormwater retention.

 


 

Trees Work For Your Wallet

  • Trees can add value to your home, help cool your home and neighborhood, break the cold winds to lower your heating costs, and provide food for wildlife.

  • The presence of street trees increased the sale prices of houses in neighborhoods by an average of $8,870 and reduced time on the market by an average of 1.7 days.

  • For every 10% increase in forest cover in the source watershed, treatment and chemical costs to clean drinking water decreased by approximately 20%.

  • Neighborhoods with well-shaded streets can be up to 10° F cooler than neighborhoods without street trees.

  • Studies prove that trees have a positive effect on many aspects of people's lives, including their health, homes, businesses, communities, drinking water, and air quality.

Trees Work For Your Health

  • Women in greener surroundings found their problems to be less difficult and of shorter duration.

  • ADD symptoms in children are relieved after spending time in nature. The greener the setting, the more the relief.

  • Employees with views of nature report 15% fewer illnesses and feel more enthusiastic and less frustrated than those without a view outside.

  • Ten ways that trees improve the quality of our lives.

  • People in communities with abundant greenspace generally enjoy better health. Tree along streets promote physical activity in children and increase longevity of the elderly.

  • Hospital patients recovering from surgery who had a view of a grove of trees through their windows required fewer pain relievers and left the hospital a day sooner than similar patients who had a view of a brick wall.

  • Those who commute along tree lined roads remain calmer (lower pulse and blood pressure) and drive less aggressively than those who drive along less treed roads.

  • Fact sheet on driver stress as it related to treed roadways.

Trees Work For Your Family

  • Many environmentalists cite their childhood experiences in nature as the foundations for their work.

  • Girls with a home view of nature score higher on tests of concentration and self discipline

  • Contact with nature helps children to develop imagination and creativity, cognitive and intellectual development, and social relationships.

  • ADD symptoms in children are relieved after spending time in nature. The greener the setting, the more the relief.

  • Compared with housing that has little or no vegetation, buildings with trees and grass have 48 percent fewer property crimes and 56 percent fewer violent

  • Employees with views of nature report 15% fewer illnesses and feel more enthusiastic and less frustrated than those without a view outside.

  • Ten ways that trees improve the quality of our lives.

  • People in communities with abundant greenspace generally enjoy better health. Tree along streets promote physical activity in children and increase longevity of the elderly.

  • Parents who lived in areas with trees and greenery immediately outside report committing fewer aggressive acts against their family.

  • A 10% increase in trees in a neighborhood reduces crime by 12%.

Trees Work For Your Community

  • Ten ways that trees improve the quality of our lives.

  • Trees entice neighbors outside on a regular basis, where they build friendships and ties to one another.

  • The presence of street trees increased the sale prices of houses in neighborhoods by an average of $8,870 and reduced time on the market by an average of 1.7 days.

  • People tend to socialize more in areas with trees.

  • A 10% increase in trees in a neighborhood reduces crime by 12%.

Trees Work For Our Environment

  • Missouri's forests keep us healthy and happy.

  • Without the benefit of trees, waterways are polluted as oils, heavy metal particles and other harmful substances are washed away. Fish and wildlife suffer, drinking water becomes expensive or impossible to reclaim, property values are reduced, and our living environment is degraded.

  • For every 10% increase in forest cover in the source watershed, treatment and chemical costs to clean drinking water decreased by approximately 20%.

  • Studies prove that trees have a positive effect on many aspects of people's lives, including their health, homes, businesses, communities, drinking water, and air quality.

Trees Work For Our Economy

  • Missouri's forests keep us healthy and happy.

  • Ten ways that trees improve the quality of our lives.

  • The presence of street trees increased the sale prices of houses in neighborhoods by an average of $8,870 and reduced time on the market by an average of 1.7 days.

  • For every 10% increase in forest cover in the source watershed, treatment and chemical costs to clean drinking water decreased by approximately 20%.

  • Trees contribute positively to downtown shopping areas. People spend 12% more for goods and services in downtowns with trees. They’ll also spend more time shopping and come back more frequently.

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We work with you and for you to sustain healthy forests, fish and wildlife.