Investing in Community Trees
By Matt Spitsen | October 1, 2018
NeighborWoods Month Marks the Celebration of Community Forests
Young people are told that if they want to retire comfortably, they need to start saving a little money early in life. Deposits, even with low interest rates, over time, add up to surprisingly large yields of cash.
This same concept can be applied to trees. The “deposits” are trees planted, and the yields are the myriad benefits trees provide.
One of the greatest forces in helping grow community forests are local non-profit organizations like those that are part of the Alliance for Community Trees network. These community-based organizations are dedicated to planting and caring for trees. They are the boots on the ground and they are changing towns and cities across the country.
National Wildlife Federation reports that there are up to 200 million spaces along our city streets where trees could be planted. Throughout the month of October, organizations of all sizes are planting trees in neighborhoods, along streets, and in parks as part of NeighborWoods Month — the monthlong campaign to raise awareness on the importance of trees. These trees add real value to the communities they’re planted in including the potential for absorbing 33 million more tons of CO2 every year and savings of $4 billion in energy costs.
Alliance for Community Trees members don’t just add economic value to cities by planting trees. Often these tree planting events connect local officials with residents and private companies and businesses, all coming together with the shared goal of beautifying the places they live in work. In fact, 73% of Americans are interested in volunteering to plant or care for trees in their community.
The consensus is in. Trees make good neighbors and they create healthy communities. It’s time to get planting.
Visit NeighborWoods Month 2018 to see what’s happening in your area.
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