Trees are the hardest workers in almost every city.
We invest in trees because our investment is paid back many times over. Not just because we spend less on green infrastructure than gray. But because there’s so much more trees do for all of us. And that makes for an inviting, exciting community.
— Frank Cownie, Mayor of Des Moines
Being able to make a scientifically-defensible argument to diverse audiences is critical for generating the broad support necessary to build an urban forestry program that integrates with all the other infrastructure and policy objectives in a community.
Your assessment phase should determine which benefits will be most useful. If you haven’t already, please review the research and case studies featured elsewhere on the site. There you can find current, rigorous and detailed support about just some of the benefits trees deliver to your community: