Compiled by Kathy Anderson
Did you know that when the 105 trees that the North End Woodlanders have planted reach maturity, they will intercept 557,264 gallons of stormwater annually? Trees are an amazing resource that just keep on benefitting our community.
Trees are our community’s silent workhorses. The 105 trees that the North End Woodlanders have planted to date will reduce the atmospheric carbon by 64,353 pounds annually when they reach maturity.
The median trees that the North End Woodlanders have already planted will continue to provide benefits to the neighborhood throughout their lifespan. When these trees reach maturity, they will conserve 23,809 kilowatt hours of electricity annually. That is a benefit both to personal budgets and to the health of the environment.
Trees are such wonderful botanical powerhouses that they actually save us money. In addition to the thousands of gallons of stormwater intercepted, kilowatt hours of electricity conserved, and the reduction in atmospheric carbon that we will benefit from, these 105 trees alone will represent $12,845 in annual savings when they reach maturity. What a return on your investment!
A healthy urban forest results in longer street pavement life. Street trees can add 40-60% more life to costly asphalt.
Median trees can help reduce urban traffic speeds.
Trees reduce noise pollution by absorbing sounds.
Median trees reduce the heat island effect by lowering surface and air temperatures by providing shade and through evapotranspiration.
Trees promote energy efficiency and can help residents save on their utility bills. The net cooling effect of a healthy tree is equivalent to 10 room-size air conditioners operating 20 hours per day.