Interesting Tree Facts
The International Year of Forests
The United Nations General Assembly declared 2011 as the International Year of Forests to raise awareness on sustainable management, conservation and sustainable development of all types of forests. http://www.un.org/en/events/iyof2011/
One tree will:
– increase re-sale housing values by 6-9%.
– increase quality of life: physical, emotional and economic wellbeing.
– reduce storm water runoff by 35%.
– sequester 223 pounds of CO2 annually.
– reduce your air conditioning needs by 30%.
– produce a cooling effect equivalent to 10 room sized air conditioners operating 20 hours a day.
– absorb gaseous pollutants through its leaves.
– provide net benefits estimated at $4,000 over a 50 year lifespan.
– intercept approximately 34% of rainfall volume.
Additional Tree Information:
-Trees reduce the heat island affect and reduce our need for energy consumption.
– Native trees provide natural habitat for birds and other animals.
– Trees and ground cover help to protect the soil from erosion.
– Well placed trees can intercept 90% of the sun’s energy and reduce the need for air conditioning.
– Barriers of trees and vegetation in conjunction with walls and landforms can reduce highway noise from 6 to 15 decibels.
– One acre foot of forest absorbs 10 tonnes of carbon dioxide and puts out 4 tonnes of oxygen. This is enough to meet the annual needs of 18 people.
– A large tree is estimated to provide $50 worth of benefits annually for the first 20 years of its life and around $100 per year for the next 30 years; producing around $4,000 net benefits over a 50 year period.
– Treescaped business districts average 12% higher revenue than treeless areas.
– A single tree with a 30ft crown can intercept over 4600 gallons of water annually.
– Urban Forests reduce storm water runoff by 12%.
– A tree stores 13 pounds of CO2 annually and reduces airborne particulates by 9%.
The best time to plant a tree was twenty years ago. The second best time is now.
Trees outstrip most people in the extent and depth of their work for the public good.
–SARA EBENRECK of AMERICAN FORESTS
In the battle to save the planet, trees are on the front lines.
–LESTER R. BROWN, WORLDWATCH INSTITUTE
He who plants a tree plants hope.
You can gauge a country’s wealth, its real wealth, by its tree cover.
–RICHARD ST. BARBE BAKER