The Benefits of Community Forest and Trees

Trees Are A Vital Part of Every Community

BurlingtonTrees are the building blocks of what are called “urban forests”: the living, breathing, life-sustaining part of our human habitat or built environment. When trees are properly planted and cared for, they promote human health, save energy, and reduce costs to taxpayers—often simply providing a much-needed place of solace. Indeed, there are many ways in which trees are a key to growing vibrant Vermont communities—some benefits are more obvious than others, and others we are continually discovering. 

The many benefits of community trees and forests

We know trees beautify our parks, shade our lawns, and enhance the sidewalks of our downtowns and neighborhoods. But they do so much more!

  • Parks and tree-lined sidewalks encourage recreation by creating shaded, comfortable outdoor spaces.

  • Trees increase building energy efficiency by providing shade on hot days, which in turn increases the value of the property.

  • Trees reduce the need for costly stormwater systems and treatment facilities by naturally managing runoff.

  • Trees—when strategically placed—increase curb appeal and thus home values, a benefit to homeowners. In turn, increasing home values increases tax revenues, which benefit municipal governments.

  • Urban and community forests in Vermont contain about 11.9 million trees which provide:

    • 2.3 million metric tons of stored carbon($52.4 million value),

    • 75,000 metric tons/year of sequestered carbon ($1.7 million value), and

    • 1,610 metric tons/year of total removed pollution ($14.2 million value).

  • Businesses and government units involved in distributing, installing, and maintaining plants, landscapes, trees, and any associated equipment support existing jobs and add valuable labor income

  • Schoolchildren with attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD) display fewer symptoms when provided access to natural settings.

  • Trees boost foot traffic in commercial areas and have been shown to increase business sales.

  • Urban forests sustain biodiversity by providing habitat - urban trees provide nesting sites for birds, egg-laying sites for insects, shelter from predators and the elements, and food sources such as leaves, nuts, and fruits.

  • Trees contribute to keeping our families healthier and our everyday lives more fulfilling.

How I can help my community grow its forests and trees

Get Informed.
Be Active: Plant a tree. Join or donate time or money to an organization that cares for trees.
• Encourage your community to invest in "green" infrastructure.

Trees are the key to keeping your community vibrant; unlock their potential.