Trees Supercharge Your Life

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“A mature tree can often have an appraised value of between $1,000 and $10,000.”
-Council of Tree and Landscape Appraisers

When a developer needlessly cuts down thousands of trees, should you even care? Trees filter the air you breath and the water you drink. They provide homes for wildlife. Trees absorb a large amount of carbon dioxide and potentially harmful gasses in their wood, such as sulfur dioxide, and carbon monoxide, from the air, absorbing more and more as the trees continue to grow, and release oxygen for you to breath.

One large tree can supply a day’s supply of oxygen for four people. When a developer needlessly clear cuts an entire parcel of land for a new subdivision, hundreds and thousands of trees, enough oxygen for thousands of people, are lost. And trees provide recreation (zip-line, etc.)!

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“Trees can be a stimulus to economic development, attracting new business and tourism. Commercial retail areas are more attractive to shoppers, apartments rent more quickly, tenants stay longer, and space in a wooded setting is more valuable to sell or rent.”
-The Arbor Day Foundation

Benefits of Trees

  • Trees help prevent water pollution and soil erosion.
  • Trees increase property values up to 15%.
  • Trees cool our cities and conserve energy around homes.
  • Trees provide oxygen.
  • Trees produce food (fruit trees, etc.) for people and wildlife.
  • Trees combat climate change.
  • Trees increase property values.
  • Trees increase business traffic.
  • Trees provide wood.

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  • Trees reduce air pollution and respiratory problems and improve air quality.
  • Trees are great buffers.
  • Trees cool streets and cities.
  • Trees conserve energy.
  • Trees save water.
  • Trees help prevent water pollution.
  • Trees prevent soil erosion.
  • Trees provide shade from UV rays (skin cancer).
  • Trees heal and provide a calming effect to kids with ADHD.

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the-value-of-a-tree_5315c40d68ada_w1500“Healthy, mature trees add an average of 10 percent to a property’s value.”
-USDA Forest Service

So the next time you see a developer doing this (see image directly below) you may want to hand him a box of donuts and ask him what on Earth he thinks he’s doing! (This development is called “The Orchards” for some funny reason. You can view the image of the very unimaginative site plan at the bottom of this page. When I asked the past Commerce Township (MI) Supervisor why they did not incorporate the better neighborhoods design to save some of the forest that was needlessly clear-cut for this subdivision and to increase profitability and improve community charm, he replied, “People don’t like trees. They fall on houses.” Really!)

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Orchards of Commerce after the orchards and forests were clear-cut and mass graded.

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Site plan above for the Orchards of Commerce.

How to Save Trees
Can trees be saved when development comes to your community? Absolutely! With better neighborhood design, as in the photo below, large tracts of trees can be preserved, giving you better home values, privacy, and a better quality of life.

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Good News!
Unlike the poorly planned development with the Orchards of Commerce, trees and forests can be preserved and set aside for people and wildlife to enjoy in creative neighborhoods like Sugar Creek Preserve in WI.

“In one study, 83% of realtors believe that mature trees have a ‘strong or moderate impact’ on the salability of homes listed for under $150,000; on homes over $250,000, this perception increases to 98%.”
-Arbor National Mortgage & American Forests

“Landscaping, especially with trees, can increase property values as much as 20 percent.”
-Management Information Services/ICMA