Here’s what the experts say about the benefits that trees provide us:

  • “Trees properly placed around buildings can reduce air conditioning needs by 30% and can save 20-50% in energy used for heating.”  – USDA Forest Service
  • Healthy mature trees add an average of 10% to a property’s value.” – USDA Forest Service
  • “In laboratory research, visual exposure to settings with trees has produced significant recovery from stress within five minutes, as indicated by changes in blood pressure and muscle tension.” – Texas A&M University
  • “Trees provide protection from downward fall of rain, sleet, and hail as well as reducing storm run-off and the possibility of flooding.” – International Society of Arboriculture
  • “The presence of trees means improved water quality, resulting in less run-off and erosions.  This allows more recharging of ground water supply. Wooded areas help prevent the transport of sediment and chemicals into streams and underground water.” – USDA Forest Service
  • “Young children living in areas with more trees have a lower prevalence of asthma.” – Lovase, Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health
  • “In the Chicago area, urban trees filter an estimated 6,000 tons of air pollutasnts each year, providing a cleansing valued at $9.2 million.” – USDA Forest Service
  • “In one study, 98% of realtors believe that mature trees have a ‘strong or moderate impact’ on the salability of homes listed for over $250,000.” – Arbor National Mortage and American Forests

We can help secure these benefits for both ourselves and our neighbors by taking advantage of the Village’s programs aimed at the health and future of Riverwoods’ woodlands.  Check the Village website for their cost-share programs.