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13 Reasons to Plant Trees

From the National Arbor Day Foundation and American Forests Global Releaf 2000.

1. Trees conserve energy in the summer and save you money. Properly planted trees can
cut your air-conditioning costs by 15 to 35 %. Trees reduce the amount of re-radiated
and reflected heat from streets, buildings, and sidewalks.

2. Trees conserve energy in the winter. Trees can slow cold winter winds and can cut
your heating costs 10 to 20 %.

3. Trees help clean the air. Trees produce the pure oxygen we breathe, and remove air
pollution by lowering air temperature, through respiration and by retaining
particulates.

4. Trees bring songbirds close by. Bird songs will fill the air as trees provide nesting
sites, food, and cover for countless species.

5. Trees shelter and nourish wildlife from bears to bald eagles and salmon to
salamanders.

6. Trees reduce the cost of controlling stormwater. Trees reduce the peak stormwater
flow; they increase the time to reach peak flow; and trees decrease total runoff
volume. Trees intercept and evaporate heavy rain water. They aid soil in absorbing
stormwaters into the groundwater. They promote soil permeability to facilitate
groundwater recharge.

7. Trees around your home can increase its property value by up to 15 % or more.
Studies of comparable houses with and without trees place a markedly higher value
on those whose yards are sheltered by trees.

8. Trees can help clean our rivers and streams. Trees hold the soil in place and reduce
polluted runoff into our waterways.

9. Trees purify water and help make waterways safe for drinking, boating, fishing, and
wildlife.

10. Trees fight global warming. They remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, the
major contributor to the threat of global warming. Trees cool the air, land, and water
with leafy shade and moisture. Trees planted near our homes and in our community
moderate temperatures, and reduce the need for air-conditioning and heating
produced by burning fossil fuels, a major source of excess atmospheric carbon
dioxide. Planting trees offsets greenhouse gasses from your home and car.

11. Trees make your home and your neighborhood more beautiful. Trees mark the
changing seasons and add grace and seasonal color. Trees make a house feel like a
home. They improve the quality of life, build community spirit, and reduce crime.

12. Trees are educational and fun. Planting and caring for trees can be a great family and
community-building activity. Trees can share the joy of a birth or a birthday,
remember a loved one, or say thank you to a friend.

13. The National Arbor Day Foundation will send you 10 free flowering tree seedlings
(six to twelve inches each) for planting. They are guaranteed to grow or be replaced free of charge. They generally supply 2-Flowering Dogwoods, 2-Flowering
Crabapples, 2 Bradford Pears, 2 Washington Hawthorns, and 2 American Redbuds or
other trees selected for our area. They will also send a colorful bi-monthly magazine,
�Arbor Day� and a copy of �The Tree Book� with tree planting and care
information. If you want plant your Trees for America, send $10.00 contribution
to:

10 Flowering Trees
The National Arbor Day Foundation
100 Arbor Avenue
Nebraska City, Nebraska 68410

or order on line at: http://www.arborday.org Trees ordered now are shipped in time for
spring and autumn planting.

American Forests Releaf Program will plant trees on your behalf in one of their more
than 100 tree planting projects country wide for $1.00 per tree. They can be contacted at
1-(800) 545-8733

American Forests
Post Office Box Number: 2000
Washington, D. C. 20013

or on line at: http://www.americanforests.org.