Trees Pay Us Back

Trees Pay Us Back

A brochure that highlights the economic benefits of trees in the Northern California Coast Region states that a tree will provide $5,170 in environmental and other benefits over its lifetime. That’s nearly a 460-percent return on investment! 

Healthy trees mean:

Healthy people: Each year, 100 large,mature street trees

  • Remove 8 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2)
  • Remove 87 pounds of other air pollutants
  • Catch about 67,300 gallons of rainwater

Healthy communities: Tree-filled neighborhoods

  • Report lower levels of domestic violence
  • Are safer and more sociable
  • Reduce stress of body and mind
  • Decrease need for medication, and speed recovery times

Homeowner savings: One well-placed large tree

  • Provides average savings of $47 on home air conditioning costs each year

Better business: In tree-lined commercial districts shoppers report

1 More frequent shopping
1 Longer shopping trips
1 Willingness to pay more
for parking
1 Willingness to spend 12
percent more for goods
Higher property values
Trees increase the resale
value of houses
1 Each large front yard tree adds 1
percent to the sales price of a house
1 Large specimen trees can add
10 percent to property value
  • More frequent shopping
  • Longer shopping trips
  • Willingness to pay more for parking
  • Willingness to spend 
  • 2 percent more for goods

Higher property values: Trees increase the resale value of houses

  • Each large front yard tree adds percent to the sales price of a house
  • Large specimen trees can add 10 percent to property value