Published: April 25, 2013 by the Northeast Region
Contact(s): Kimberly Miller, urban forestry assistant, 920-662-5440; Tracy Salisbury, northeast region urban forestry coordinator, 920-662-5450
SHAWANO, Wis. - A recent analysis of street trees and canopy cover completed by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources showed public trees provide $68,503 in annual benefits. In addition, the canopy analysis revealed Shawano is currently covered by 33% tree canopy with the potential of an additional 44% of canopy cover.
The study highlights the significant values that community trees provide Shawano residents including the following:
• $20,414 per year in summer cooling and winter heating energy savings
• $24,143 per year in storm water management savings by intercepting more than 890,000 gallons of storm water annually
• $18,180 per year increase in local property values
• $3,387 per year in air quality improvements by mitigating harmful air pollutants
• $2,379 per year in atmospheric carbon dioxide reduction
Understanding the important environmental and economic value that community trees provide will allow Wisconsin communities to improve management, advocate for future investment, build partnerships and address threats to ensure that residents receive environmental and economic services well into the future. Simply put, tree benefits increase as trees grow in size which emphasizes the need for sustainable planning, cooperation and participation by all to ensure that trees reach maturity and continue to enhance community livability.
Shawano residents can learn more about these studies and other regional and individual community tree canopy results at http://www.itreetools.org/resources/projects.php. In addition, they can see how they can help by visiting the Wisconsin DNR Urban and Community website. The analysis was conducted utilizing the i-Tree Streets & Canopy software developed by the USDA Forest Service. i-Tree is a state-of-art, peer-reviewed, free software suite designed to quantify community tree ecosystem services.