Why are street trees important?
The benefits of street trees are vast, the most obvious being the aesthetic value of a tree-lined street or parkway. However, the value of a healthy urban forest extends beyond beauty and can include one or more of the following:
- reduction in heating/cooling costs through creation of shade or windbreak
- aid in abatement of storm water
- reduction of erosion through abatement of stormwater runoff
- increase in air quality
- decrease in the effects of noise and visual pollution through buffering and screening