Trees

Trees

The best friend of earth of man is the tree. When we use the tree
respectfully and economically, we have one of the greatest resources
on the earth.
- Frank Lloyd Wright
Trees provide a range of benefits to society. These benefits are both
tangible
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and non-tangible.
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Tangible
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benefits are marketable resources
that we can measure. Intangible benefits are difficult to measure, but
improve our quality of life.

1

Most trees in cities or communities are p
planted to p
provide beauty
y or
shade, which are two excellent reasons for their use.
Woody plants also serve many other purposes, and it is often helpful to
consider these other functions when selecting trees for the landscape.
The benefits of trees can be grouped into four categories; social,
community,
y, environmental,, and economic benefits.

2

The social benefits of trees include health benefits,, crime reduction,, and
educational and recreational opportunities.
People have strong emotional ties to trees. We resist removing trees to
widen streets. We applaud the heroic efforts of individuals and
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to save large
g or historic trees in a community.
y Trees are
organizations
planted as living memorials. We often become personally attached to
trees that we or those we love have planted. Big, strong, old trees have
a reassuring sense of endurance.

3

Trees can affect the day-to-day
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y moods,, activities,, and emotional health
of people. We like trees around us because they make life more
pleasant. Most of us respond to the presence of trees beyond simply
observing their beauty. We feel peaceful, restful, and tranquil in a grove
of trees. We are “at home” there.
Hospital patients have been shown to recover from surgery more
quickly when their hospital room offers a view of trees.
A pleasing urban forest can encourage people to walk in their
neighborhood.
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Tree’s make our city’s
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public spaces,
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and
homes more comfortable we want...

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