November 21, 2013
Canopied communities are highly-valued communities. During our first “Landscaping for Property Value” webcast, we discussed how the value of private property increased by 5–20% when street trees were added to the landscape. New research now confirms that these benefits extend to homeowners and rental properties. Studies also prove that trees and greenspace make neighborhoods feel more calm, welcome, and safe for residents. Business owners and realtors are beginning to realize the impact trees have on selling and renting homes, enabling gateways for partnerships with nonprofits and cities looking to enhance the quality of life in their communities.
Travis Horton, Realtor, Twigg Realty (Dallas, TX)
Twigg Realty invests in creating greener communities through offering free trees to their clients. From November through February, the company adds trees to the canopy in metro Dallas through planting on private property.
Geoffrey Donovan, Research Forester, Pacific NW Research Station (Portland, OR)
The Pacific North West Research Station of the USDA Forest Service produces studies on many relevant tree topics, including the economics of urban forestry. Researchers have made new discoveries on the impact of trees on house prices, rental prices, crime, energy use, and birth outcomes.
Webcast attendees will learn about:
*Crime reduction benefits of urban trees
*Exposure to trees and public health
*Monetary value of planting trees in close proximity to homes/business districts
*Value for private business to promote sustainable communities
About the Webcast Series
The Webcast Series is the Alliance for Community Trees’ monthly webcast held at the lunch hour. The goal is to create informal training opportunities for local urban and community forestry organizations. The content is geared to mainly serve the needs of volunteer organizations and community groups, although webcasts are open to all.
The trainings leverage local successes by amplifying to a larger audience the model organizations’ methods, materials, and approaches. Sessions are planned to last no more than one hour, with two presenters speaking on the same topic from slightly different perspectives, each for 10-15 minutes, followed by 10-15 minutes of questions and answers.
CEU Approved: 0 Hour
CFE Category 1 Approved: 0 Hour