Trees do tons of amazing work
...and we want people to know it! This summer we have placed Value Tags on trees around the American Legion Mall and in a couple neighborhood parks to show people just how hard trees are working. For instance, check out this Shingle oak (Quercus imbricaria). It will give back more than $1,560 worth over its lifetime. That includes collecting 231,857 gallons of storm water and sequestering 1,605 pounds of carbon dioxide—talk about #thirstytrees.
Some other trees that work hard throughout their lifetime include: The swamp white oak (Quercus bicolor) with an estimated $6,021 in benefits and the Tulip tree (Liriodendron tulipifera), the Indiana state tree, with $3,859 in benefits over its lifetime. Along with collecting storm water and reducing carbon dioxide, trees provide a slew of benefits that are harder to quantify monetarily. These benefits include: a home and food for wildlife, beautifying neighborhoods, cooling streets, shielding us from harmful UV rays, curbing violence, slowing traffic, reducing noise and many many more. Now is the time to be a tree-hugger and thank these wonderful friends with benefits. Take your best selfie with your favorite tree and use the hashtag #summeroftrees.
Be sure to look for our value tags for more information on the benefits that trees provide at the American Legion Mall through August, at Ellenberger Park during the Flow Event on August 9th and at Tarkington Park on August 29th for the Bulldogs in the Streets cleanup!