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Health Care to Hot Air - Why Urban Forests Matter

Society has long held the belief that, in neighborhoods where crime, poverty, and desperation reign, trees are a luxury that simply cannot be prioritized. To be fair, that view is completely understandable. It would be hard to tell someone struggling to feed her children to grab a shovel and plant a tree.

But, from a neighborhood and city perspective, it is increasingly evident that the ecological, economic, and social value of planting and maintaining a healthy urban forest is one of the most beneficial investments a city can make.

Explore the Impact of Trees on…

  • Mind, Body, Leaf - The psychological benefits of an urban forest can reduce property crime by 48% and violent crime by 56%!
  • The Wood in Your Wallet - The economic benefits of trees can increase property value 20%!
  • Trees, Air, Climate - One acre of trees absorbs enough carbon dioxide every year to offset 26,000 miles of automobile exhaust!
  • Water - Trees can keep 35,625 tons of sediment per square mile from entering waterways every year!
  • Energy - Trees can reduce home heating bills by 28%!


To harness the many benefits of trees to better our communities.

Program at a Glance

Program Title: Health Care to Hot Air: Why Urban Forests Matter
Agency: District Department of Transportation
Office: Urban Forestry Administration (UFA)
Type: Outreach and Education
Location: 2000 14th Street, NW, 5th Floor, Washington, DC 20009
Phone: (202) 671-5133