Happy National Arbor Day 2017! Check out what NC communities are doing across the state to celebrate by visiting #NCArborDay 2017.
Arbor Day is a special day that is recognized nationally to celebrate the importance of trees and to encourage tree planting in our urban areas. Each state has their own Arbor Day and in NC it is the first Friday after March 15th.
We are celebrating NC Arbor Month from March 17th - April 28th as a way to really focus on all of the good trees do for us. Show us how you are celebrating trees, post pictures of your arbor day celebrations and tree plantings on our Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter pages (#ncarborday2017).
The Value of Trees to a Community
The following are statistics on just how important urban trees are to our communities:
I’m not a superhero, but… I fight crime.
Among minor crimes, there is less graffiti, vandalism and littering in outdoor spaces with trees as a part of the natural landscape than in comparable plant-less spaces. University of Washington
I’m not a chemist, but… I make oxygen.
One acre of forest absorbs six tons of carbon dioxide and puts out four tons of oxygen. This is enough to meet the annual needs of 18 people. U.S. Department of Agriculture
I’m not the boss, but… I make employees happy.
Office workers with a view of trees report significantly less stress and more satisfaction. Chungbuk National University, South Korea, 2007
I’m not a realtor, but… I sell homes.
In one study, 83% of realtors believe that mature trees have a ‘strong or moderate impact’ on the salability of homes listed for under $150,000; on homes over $250,000, this perception increases to 98%. Arbor National Mortgage & American Forests
I’m not a celebrity, but… I’m worth million$.
Nationally, the 60 million street trees have an average value of $525 per tree. Management Information Services
I’m not a doctor, but…I save lives.
A study of 10 cities found community forests save an average of one life each year. In New York City, trees save an average of eight lives every year. U.S. Forest Service, 2013
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