Tree Facts

4th Annual Tree Canopy Action Summit
Ramping Up Stewardship

Trees provide benefits for your home, your community, and for the world. Here are a couple of tree benefits.

Trees increase our property values.

In Portland, Oregon, homes with street trees sold for $7,130 more, on average, and 1.7 days more quickly.

  • Neighboring houses within 100 feet of street trees sold for $1,688 more, on average.
  • The sale premium of having street trees was the same as adding 129 square feet of finished space.

source: U.S. Forest Service, 2008

In Fulton County (Atlanta), Georgia, mature trees positively influenced home sale prices. Homes sold for nearly $105,000 more in neighborhoods with mature trees. source: University of Georgia, 2002

Trees help clean our drinking water.

Forested watersheds provide quality drinking water to more than 180 million Americans. source: U.S. Forest Service, 2013

In 1997, New York City spent $1.5 billion to preserve the forested watershed that supplies New York City’s drinking water by purchasing thousands of upstate acres of forested watershed. A filtration plant large enough to clean New York City’s water supply would have cost more than $6 billion dollars.
share Ecosystem Marketplace, 2006

Today, New Yorkers enjoy some of the cleanest drinking water in the world, and New York City has won regional water taste competitions. source: New York City Department of Environmental Protection, 2013

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