The trees around your house provide similar services in your neighborhood that trees do in a forest.
- reduce air pollution
- take up and store carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas that contributes to global climate change
- reduce stormwater runoff
- cool nearby houses
- and more.
To learn more about the environmental benefits of trees in urban and suburban environments, you can use various tree benefit calculators based on i-Tree.
i-Tree is a software suite, from the U.S. Forest Service, that consists of tools that calculate the value of trees in urban areas and your home.
A tree’s value is expressed in terms of services it provides and the value of these services. This information helps communities strengthen the structure and management of their urban forests as well as advocacy efforts to build and preserve urban forests.
By determining what services trees can provide for urban ecosystems, people can increase environmental quality and livability of urban areas.
i-Tree provides training opportunities for those who want to learn how to use the programs and apply the data to urban forest management activities. i-Tree is constantly updated and the developers welcome feedback from its users. For more information and a descriptive list of the tools and programs visit itreetools.org
Tree benefit calculators
Use one of the following calculators to determine the monetary value of individual trees on your property.
Mobile App: http://value.m.davey.com/
A simple calculator with a mobile-phone friendly interface.
Sponsored by Davey Tree.
Simple Tree Benefit Calculator: http://www.treebenefits.com/
The simplest calculator, for a quick estimate of the value of one tree. (Requires Flash and will not work in Firefox or Google Chrome)
i-Tree Design: http://www.itreetools.org/design.php
The most up-to-date and accurate calculator, that also allows you to see the value of multiple trees.
(Requires Flash, and works in most non-mobile browsers)
Sponsored by iTree.