Benefits of Trees

  • Parks and tree-lined sidewalks promote physical activity by creating shaded, comfortable outdoor spaces.
  • Trees increase home values, which benefits homeowners and increases tax revenues for local governments.
  • Trees increase property values and can decrease building energy consumption by providing shade on hot days.
  • Trees contribute to keeping our families healthier and our everyday lives more fulfilling.
  • Trees support safer environments for urban residents.
  • Trees can reduce the need for costly stormwater systems and treatment facilities by naturally managing runoff.

Trees provide many benefits to our cities, towns, and villages. Trees benefit communities by improving air quality, mitigating stormwater, providing shade and enhancing aesthetic beauty, providing wildlife habitat, and increasing property value. These are only a few of the ways in which trees improve our quality of life. Explore these resources to learn how trees directly impact our lives at all scales; as individuals, communities, and as a state.

The Benefits of Trees Provides statistics on just how important trees are in a community setting.

Tree Owner Information Provides educational brochures to help tree owners understand best management practices and to promote a greater awareness of the benefits that trees provide in our communities.

Tree Benefits Describes the benefits that trees provide from social, communal, environmental, and economic perspectives.

Green Cities: Good Health is an incredible resource for exploring over 40 years of research on how trees, parks, gardens, and natural areas enhance quality of life in cities and towns. 

The Alliance for Community Trees' resource guide on the benefits of trees.

Tree Values A homeowner’s guide to planning for, assessing, and reducing possible financial losses on trees, specimen shrubs, and evergreens.

How I can help my community grow its forests and trees?

Get informed
Be Active: Plant a tree. Join or donate time or money to an organization that cares for trees.
• Encourage your community to invest in 'green' infrastructure. The Urban and Community Forestry Tool Kit can help tell the story.

Trees are the key to keeping your community vibrant; unlock their potential.