The social, aesthetic, and environmental benefits of trees are numerous. They manufacture oxygen and absorb carbon dioxide. They provide shade in summer and windbreak in winter. The beauty and serenity of trees have been shown to help hospital patients recover more quickly. Trees reduce crime in low-income urban areas and increase property values. Trees help us save energy and improve air quality, conserve water and provide homes to wildlife. Large and majestic trees are an important part of the community.
According to American Forests, the national urban tree deficit now stands at more than 634 million trees. Unprecedented environmental stresses are making it more difficult for trees to grow and flourish in today’s world. Because trees sequester carbon and offset our carbon footprint, or the amount of energy a person consumes in their day-to-day activities, it is more important than ever to plant trees. The average person produces 26 tons of CO2 per year. 6 twenty-five year old pine trees absorb 1 ton of CO2. 36 twenty-five year old maple trees absorb 1 ton of CO2.
Planting trees is a way for people to give back to the environment for future generations and to offset the damage done by their carbon footprint. Spring is the perfect time to plant. Plant a tree for a new grandchild, in memory of a beloved pet, or to honor a special anniversary. When it comes to planting, the smaller the tree the better. Smaller trees develop a better root system and you’ll be amazed how quickly they grow. If you live in a condo, an apartment or have no place to plant a tree, americanforests.org will plant a tree in your name with a small donation. Makes a great gift too!