Here are some resources on other websites that you might find helpful.
- Trees Are Good
- Helpful general tree information for the public
- Tips for hiring a good Arborist
- From International Society of Arborists Pacific Northwest Chapter
- Tree Benefits Calculator
- Calculate the value of your trees with this helpful tool
- Urban Forestry and your Home
- How homeowners can improve tree canopy
- Sherilltree Learning Center: Tree Health Care
- Look more in depth at some spotlight issues
For planners, developers and the commercial sector
- Tree Protection Handbook (PDF)
- For planners, inspectors, consultants, developers and builders who work with trees during construction and development: the Tree Protection on Construction and Development Sites: A Best Management Practices Guidebook for the Pacific Northwest.
- Remodeling with trees can have an environmental impact
- Keep trees safe during construction
- Arbor Day Activities for the Classroom
- Conversation Education Material (K-12)
- Learning With Nature Idea Book
- National Arbor Day Foundation Educational Resources
- “The Talking Tree” Book
- Urban Forestry Laboratory Exercises
- Planting Trees in Your Community Forest (PDF)
- Growing With Trees
- Trees and Traditions: Maine Indians and the Forest
- Friends of the Urban Forest-Schools Program
- Growing Ideas Classroom Projects
- Our Treasured Trees
- Stout Woods Nature Preserve Educational Activities
- Talk About Trees
- If Trees Could Talk
Why are trees beneficial?
A: Trees provide a variety of benefits besides environmental, such as social, community, and economic. Trees provide an array of benefits, including:
- Cost Reduction- reduces yearly heating and cooling costs by 2.1 billion dollars
- Increase Property Value- well-cared landscape properties are 5-20% more valuable than non-landscaped estates.
- Privacy and Scenery, aesthetic values
The following facts are results from studies conducted by UIUC Human-Environment Research Laboratory:
- Fewer Crimes- apartment buildings surrounded by trees and greenery are dramatically safer than buildings devoid of green
- Improves Concentration- children with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) are relieved after contact with nature. The greener the setting, the more the relief.
- Sound Barrier- acts as sound barriers and provide protection against crowding, noise, and danger, which all can contribute to mental fatigue, and can help inner-city residents cope with the many poverty related-stresses