Today, over 90% of all Americans live in metropolitan areas. As urban areas face significant challenges over the coming decades, urban forests will increasingly play a vital role in making cities cleaner, healthier and more vibrant. Learn the facts about the value and benefits of trees.
For example, did you know?
- Kids in tree-lined neighborhoods play outside 10% more and have lower rates of ADD and asthma.
- Shaded roadways require significantly less maintenance and can save up to 60% of repaving costs over 30 years.
- In some sectors of the economy such as tree care, there is a job for every trained worker, because such companies struggle to find qualified employees.
- Just 3–4 shade trees located strategically around a house can cut summer cooling costs by 30–50%.
Download Fact Sheets
ACTrees facts sheets will help you tell the story of how urban forests are creating healthier cities, contributing to safer streets and sustainable water resources, and creating jobs for Americans. Healthy urban forests are key to sustainable cities and towns.
Greening Our Way to Water Security
Energy Conservation through Trees
Real Green Jobs
Healthy Parks Safer Communities
Growing Healthier, Greener Business Districts
Neighborhood Stabilization and Revitalization
US Forest Service Urban and Community Forestry
Benefits of Trees and Urban Forests: A Research List
The Continental Dialogue on Non-Native Forest Insects and Diseases has issued five fact sheets intended to “start the conversation” around the threat from forest pests:
The Threat of Non-Native Forest Insects and Diseases
What is at stake? Impacts of Non-Native Insects and Diseases
High Cost and High Risk: Asian Longhorned Beetle
Imports of Wood Packaging & Live Plants: Pathways that Introduce and Spread Forest Pests
Past & Proposed Funding for Programs that Target Non-Native Forest Pests