Published: April 25, 2013 by the Northern Region
Contact(s): Kimberly Miller, urban forestry assistant, 920-662-5440; Tracy Salisbury, northeast region urban forestry coordinator, 920-662-5450
MARINETTE, Wis. - A recent analysis of street trees and canopy cover completed by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources showed public trees provide $283,690 in annual benefits. In addition, the canopy analysis revealed Marinette is currently covered by 30% tree canopy with the potential of an additional 41% of canopy cover.
The study highlights the significant values that community trees provide Marinette residents including the following:
• $82,468 per year in summer cooling and winter heating energy savings
• $84,539 per year in storm water management savings by intercepting more than 3.1 million gallons of storm water annually
• $92,171 per year increase in local property values
• $13,760 per year in air quality improvements by mitigating harmful air pollutants
• $10,752 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.
Marinette 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.