The cost of cutting down ONE tree

What would you consider to be the higher expense of cutting down a tree: (1) The financial cost? (2) The environmental cost?

Environment

  • One large tree can absorb as much as 48 pounds of carbon dioxide per year. (NC State University)
  • One large tree can provide a day’s supply of oxygen for up to four people. (NC State University)

Wildlife

  • Think of all the wildlife one tree supports such as shelter, homes and food.
  • View this article about “wildlife and ONE Oak Tree”.

Property

  • A mature tree can often have an appraised value of between $1,000 and $10,000 (Council of Tree and Landscape Appraisers)
  • A healthy tree can increase your property value by as much as 27 percent (NC State University)

Energy

  • The net cooling effect of a young, healthy tree is equivalent to ten room-size air conditioners operating 20 hours a day.” (U.S. Department of Agriculture)

Flooding

  • One large tree can lift up to 100 gallons of water out of the ground and discharge it into the air in a day. (NC State University)
  • Trees absorb groundwater and protect the soil (USDA Forest Service)

Wind

  • View this article on how the trees significantly slowed down the wind speed of Hurricane Irene as it approached land.

Health

  • In laboratory research, visual exposure to settings with trees has produced significant recovery from stress within five minutes, as indicated by changes in blood pressure and muscle tension. (Dr. Roger S. Ulrich Texas A&M University)
  • Medicines such as aspirin come from trees

Food

  • Whole food sources come from trees (fruits, nuts, etc). (NC State University)

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