How much is your tree worth to you?
The peaceful sound of its leaves rustling in the breeze? An afternoon of shade? A place for your favorite birds to nest and perch? Home base for your children's daily game of tag?
There are so many things trees mean to us that are invaluable. But what about the other stuff we don't always notice right away? Like the reduced air conditioning and heating costs? Or the reduction in the amount of rainwater that flows into storm water systems? Or the removal of carbon dioxide and other gases and pollutants from the air we breathe? While these tree benefits may not be as readily noticeable as the more visual and aesthetic attributes, they are scientifically measurable.
That's right. You can determine how much that sugar maple in your front yard provides you in annual benefits. And you don't even need to do a lot of math in the process. All you need to do is use the National Tree Benefits Calculator, a computer model that is based on 25 years of research by the U.S. Forest Service and its partners (including Davey), and it'll do all the work for you.
Just ask the folks at The Morton Arboretum. Davey helped tag 1,500 trees in Chicago and 2,000 trees in the surrounding suburbs this morning with Morton and its partners in an effort to show Chicagoans just how much their city trees contribute to their community. The tags will be up for the next two weeks in celebration of Earth Day and Arbor Day.
For more information or to learn how to tag trees in your community, visit www.mortonarb.org/arborday. And remember, every tree counts!