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Chicago area trees tagged with eco-dollar value (Eco News)

Chicago area trees tagged with eco-dollar value
Medill Reports: Chicago reported
 

In celebration of Arbor Day, the Morton Arboretum in Lisle tagged hundreds of trees with the dollar amount each tree will give back to the community in environmental and socio-economic benefits over the next 15 years.

A 30-inch ash tree near a large commercial business, for instance, provides $3,285 in benefits over 15 years. The benefits include improved air quality, cooling and shading, stormwater control, increased property values and the intangible asset of beauty.

“We take Arbor Day very seriously,” said Edith Makra Kusnierz, community tree advocate at the Morton Arboretum.

The Morton Arboretum partnered with the U.S. Forest Service to encourage the public and decision makers to plant and protect more trees because they provide measurable benefits.

“In general, people are really surprised that you can put a dollar value on trees,” Kusnierz said. “It’s a bit of an eye catcher and people stop and think.”

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