The Benefits of Trees
It’s a TREE-mendous time to celebrate Earth Month! Here at EarthCorps, we think trees are pretty cool and we wanted to share all their benefits with you!
The Benefits of A Tree:
Reduces Stormwater Runoff
Rainwater that runs off our roofs, streets, and lawns can pick up pollutants that flow into our lakes, rivers, and streams. Trees help to absorb this “stormwater”, keeping our water safe.
Provides Wildlife Habitat
Many native species require a variety of plants and multiple layers of canopy to forage and nest.
Improves Public Health
Forests and other green spaces promote mental and physical health. They help people relax and reduce stress, promote social cohesion, encourage physical activity, and reduce exposure to air pollutants, noise, and excessive heat.
Increases Property Values
Homes that back up to greenbelts may be valued at up to 15% more than similar homes not near a park.
Tree canopies dampen sound by intercepting sound waves.
Improves Air Quality & Mitigates Climate Change
Trees absorb carbon dioxide and store the carbon in woody tissues. The surface of leaves trap airborne dust and soot.
Trees cool our atmosphere and act as a windbreaker.
Creates the Foundation for New Life
The dead leaves that fall from the trees, resulting in a layer of leaf litter, provide the foundation for new life on the ground.
Improves Water Quality
Tree roots absorb water from the soil and help to filter out pollutants. This helps make water healthier for salmon, other fish and wildlife, and people.
Treetops help slow the speed of falling rain, and slower rain is less likely to erode soil. Tree roots also hold layers of soil together to prevent erosion.
Provides Us with Oxygen