9 Reasons to Plant a Tree.

The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The next best time is now. ~ Chinese Proverb

Trees have so many benefits. Here are just nine of them:

  • Trees around your house can increase its value by 15% or more. ~ Arbor Day Foundation,
  • The net cooling effect of a young, healthy tree is equivalent to ten room-size air conditioners operating 20 hours a day. ~ U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • If you plant a tree today on the west side of your home, in 5 years your energy bills should be 3% less. In 15 years the savings will be nearly 12%. ~ Dr. E. Greg McPherson, Center for Urban Forest Research
  • One acre of forest absorbs six tons of carbon dioxide and puts out four tons of oxygen. This is enough to meet the annual needs of 18 people. ~ U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • There are about 60 to 200 million spaces along our city streets where trees could be planted. This translates to the potential to absorb 33 million more tons of CO2 every year, and saving four billion dollars in energy costs. ~ National Wildlife Federation
  • Trees properly placed around buildings can reduce air conditioning needs by 30 percent and can save 20–50 percent in energy used for heating. ~ USDA Forest Service
  • 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
  • The planting of trees means improved water quality, resulting in less runoff and erosion. This allows more recharging of the ground water supply. Wooded areas help prevent the transport of sediment and chemicals into streams. ~ USDA Forest Service
  • In laboratory research, visual exposure to settings with trees has produced significant recovery from stress within five minutes, as indicated by changes in blood pressure and muscle tension. ~ Dr. Roger S. Ulrich Texas A&M University

And, today is Arbor Day. So why not go out and plant one now? No room? Consider helping reforest other areas around the world. You can plant a free rainforest tree or help rejuvenate American forests here.

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