The Urban Tree BookThe Urban Tree Book. Three Rivers Press
Arthur Plotnik has written a book called The Urban Tree Book. This book promotes trees in a new and interesting way. With the help of The Morton Arboretum, Mr. Plotnik takes you through an American urban forest, investigates 200 species of trees to give tree details unknown even to foresters.
Plotnik combines key botanical tree information with fascinating stories from history, folklore, and today's news to make a thoroughly readable report. This book is a must read for any teacher, student or admirer of trees.
A portion of his book makes a great case-in-point for planting and maintaining trees in and around the city. He explains why trees are so important to an urban community. He suggests eight reasons a tree is more than just beautiful and pleasing to the eye.
The Morton Arboretum
Eight Reasons to Plant Trees | Trees Make Effective Sound Barriers
Trees make effective sound barriers:
Trees muffle urban noise almost as effectively as stone walls. Trees, planted at strategic points in a neighborhood or around your house, can abate major noises from freeways and airports.03of 09
Eight Reasons to Plant Trees | Trees Produce OxygenGerman Tree Plantation. Placodus/Germany
Trees produce oxygen:
A mature leafy tree produces as much oxygen in a season as 10 people inhale in a year.04of 09
Eight Reasons to Plant Trees | Trees Become Carbon Sinksder Wald. Placodus/Germany
Trees become "carbon sinks":
To produce its food, a tree absorbs and locks away carbon dioxide, a global warming suspect. An urban forest is a carbon storage area that can lock up as much carbon as it produces.05of 09
Eight Reasons to Plant Trees | Trees Clean the AirSeedling Bed. TreesRus/About Forestry
Trees clean the air:
Trees help cleanse the air by intercepting airborne particles, reducing heat, and absorbing such pollutants as carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, and nitrogen dioxide. Trees remove this air pollution by lowering air temperature, through respiration, and by retaining particulates.06of 09
Eight Reasons to Plant Trees | Trees Shade and CoolTree Shade. Steve Nix/About Forestry
Trees shade and cool:
Shade from trees reduces the need for air conditioning in summer. In winter, trees break the force of winter winds, lowering heating costs. Studies have shown that parts of cities without cooling shade from trees can literally be "heat islands," with temperatures as much as 12 degrees Fahrenheit higher than surrounding areas.07of 09
Eight Reasons to Plant Trees | Trees Act as WindbreaksArborvitae, A Favorite Windbreak. Steve Nix/About.com
Trees act as windbreaks:
During windy and cold seasons, trees act as windbreaks. A windbreak can lower home heating bills up to 30%. A reduction in wind can also reduce the drying effect on other vegetation behind the windbreak.08of 09
Eight Reasons to Plant Trees | Trees Fight Soil ErosionClearcuts on Mt. Bolivar. Recycle/About Forestry
Trees fight soil erosion:
Trees fight soil erosion, conserve rainwater, and reduce water runoff and sediment deposit after storms.09of 09
Eight Reasons to Plant Trees | Trees Increase Property ValuesTrees in Urban Spain. Art Plotkin
Trees increase property values:
Real estate values increase when trees beautify a property or neighborhood. Trees can increase the property value of your home by 15% or more.