Why Are Trees Important?

A few days ago, my colleague Karissa Justice wrote about the urban heat island effect. In her article, she reminds us that “shade can cut surface temperatures by 20-45°F. Strategic planting around buildings to shade windows and roofs can make a big difference in temperatures and energy consumption.” Have you ever had a hard time explaining the importance of urban trees and the importance of your organization’s mission? Take a look at this video and feel free share it broadly. As part of a larger community of tree lovers, we’d love to see the public help you map every single tree in your community; not just street trees but those on private land too. One tree at a time, we can all make our urban forests stronger!


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