|Trees in Boise, Idaho. Image credit: FreeImages / Benjamin Earwicker|
A recent U.S. Forest Service study estimated that the trees planted along California streets provide a billion dollars’ worth of human benefit each year. And that benefit comes cheap. This analysis reveals five tree-related benefits that identify where trees fit in the origins controversy.Don't leaf without reading the rest, just click on "Urban Trees Point to Creation".
These trees do require upkeep, like limb trimming or repairing tree-related damage such as root-torn sidewalks. But the results appearing in the journal Urban Forestry and Urban Greening from three California forest researchers show that for every dollar spent on tree upkeep, tree benefits supply at least $5.82. The study authors concluded that each of the state’s 9.1 million street trees offers around $110.63 in total benefits per year.
How can these silent green giants generate so much good while making so little fuss?