You might have seen some of our “Tree Tag Sale” tree value signs on trees across Springfield. We’ve visited many neighborhoods and took a look at the trees growing in your area, and used i-Tree software tools to estimate the benefits and values that the trees provide to all of us. i-Tree is a state-of-the-art, peer-reviewed software suite from the USDA Forest Service that provides urban and rural forestry analysis and benefits assessment tools. The i-Tree Tools help communities of all sizes to strengthen their forest management and advocacy efforts by quantifying the structure of trees and forests, and the environmental services that trees provide.
Offering more than just beauty and shade, trees provide tangible benefits, such as removal of atmospheric carbon dioxide and pollution, stormwater reduction, temperature modification, and more. By removing carbon dioxide, trees help mitigate climate change. The shade provided by urban tree canopies can also help minimize the urban heat island effect. In addition, trees intercept stormwater, which can reduce flooding and improve water quality, and reduce air pollution, such as ozone, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, nitrogen dioxide, and fine particulate matter. Reduction of air pollution has proven benefits to human health – trees truly can enhance our lives!
i-Tree MyTree allows you to explore the individual benefits provided by the trees near you. Click Here to begin exploring MyTree. You can also use the software on your smartphone device.
Look for more tree valuation tags on trees across Springfield. We hope that they will help you to take a look at trees in a new way.