What is a tree worth, and how do we know?
Trees offer several benefits, from the obvious ones we all know, such as shade and clean air, to some we may not know as well, including increased energy savings and property values. These types of benefits are worth more than just the warm fuzzies you get from planting trees – a properly selected and placed tree can also mean more dollars in your pocket!
The Tree Benefit Calculator allows users to estimate the annual economic and environmental value of individual street trees using inputs of a tree’s location, species and size. It is intended to be simple and accessible and should be considered a starting point for understanding trees’ value in the community, rather than a scientific accounting of precise values. This tool is based on i-Tree’s street tree assessment tool called STREETS, which can be seen at itreetools.org.
Try out the National Tree Benefit Calculator for yourself here.