Trees for our Community

Baton Rouge Green

Trees for Our Community,
Trees for Our Future

This page last updated: 3/25/99

Why Trees? Trees are always working to help people. Here are ten ways they serve you every day.


  1. Improving air quality by trapping and holding dust particles that can damage human lungs. Tree leaves absorb carbon dioxide and other poisonous gases and, in turn, replenish the atmosphere with oxygen for us to breathe. One acre of trees provides oxygen for 18 people and will absorb the amount of carbon dioxide each year equivalent to that produced by a car driven 26,000 miles.


  2. Saving energy through cooling in the hotter months and serving as a windbreak during winter. As a result, you burn less fossil fuel for heating and cooling. Trees properly placed around buildings can reduce air-conditioning needs by 30 percent.


  3. Reducing noise pollution by absorbing unpleasant sounds from the urban environment.


  4. Increasing economic stability by attracting and keeping businesses in a community. The National Arbor Day Foundation reports that people linger and shop longer along tree-lined streets. Apartments and offices rent more quickly, and tenants stay longer in wooded areas. Studies by the USDA Forest Service have shown that healthy, mature trees add an average of 10 percent to a property's value.


  5. Improving personal health by helping relieve psychological stresses associated with living in metropolitan areas. Trees create feelings of relaxation and well-being. Medical research indicates patients assigned to rooms with a natural view of trees and green open spaces have shorter postoperative hospital stays.


  6. Improving water quality by reducing the impact of billions of raindrops - resulting in less runoff and erosion. This allows more recharging of the ground water supply, which is significantly reduced by paving. Wooded areas help prevent the transport of sediment and chemicals into streams.


  7. Creating wildlife diversity by providing a local ecosystem. Trees provide a suitable habitat for animals and birds that would otherwise be absent from urban areas.


  8. Cooling effect of one major tree is the same as 15 room-size 4,000 BTU air conditioners.


  9. Investing each dollar in a tree care maintenance program yields a seven dollar increase in the ISA (International Society of Arboriculture) formula computed value of street trees after five (5) years.


  10. Adding beauty by softening the harsh lines of the urban world. Trees often give citizens the first impressions of a city. Picture your city without trees. Is it still a place you would like to live?


    "Trees for Our Future"

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    Baton Rouge Green
    448 North 11th Street
    Baton Rouge, LA 70802

    Contact: Lynn Morris
    (225) 381-0037



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