USDA Forest Service
 

Pacific Southwest Research Station

 

Pacific Southwest Research Station
800 Buchanan Street
West Annex Building
Albany, CA 94710-0011

(510) 559-6300

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Urban Ecosystems and Social Dynamics

Urban Ecosystems and Processes

Benefits and Costs

Research that quantifies the net benefits of municipal forests, as well as tree planting and stewardship programs is essential in an era of dwindling municipal forest management budgets and rising costs. Benefit-cost analyses contrast the net expenditures associated with tree planting and stewardship with the benefits provided by trees, modeled over a 40-year time period. Center scientists developed models assigning dollar values to the benefits provided by trees, such as energy savings, air pollutant reductions, water quality improvements and aesthetics. Climate-specific tree planting guidelines were developed for regions throughout California and the West to enable communities to plant trees using the most cost-effective strategies.

Studies
  1. A Practical Approach to Benefit Cost Analysis in Small Communities

  2. Benefit-Cost Analysis of Fort Collins' Municipal Forest

  3. Chicago's Urban Forest Ecosystem

  4. City of San Francisco, California Street Tree Resource Analysis

  5. Community Tree Resource Analysis

  6. EcoSMART - EnergyWise

  7. Expanding Street Tree Canopy Cover and Repairing Sidewalks in the City of Los Angeles

  8. Impacts of Tree Plantings on Climate and Residential Building Air Conditioning Use in Tucson, AZ

  9. Infrastructure Tree Roots

  10. LADWP's "Trees for a Green LA" Shade Tree Program Evaluation

  11. Miscellaneous Benefit-Cost Literature

  12. Municipal Forest Resource Analysis

  13. New tree guide demonstrates cost-effectiveness of community trees

  14. Quantifying Benefits and Costs of Claremont's Urban Forest

  15. Quantifying Benefits and Costs of Community Forests in Northern Mountain and Prairie Communities

  16. Quantifying Benefits and Costs of Fort Collins's Urban Forest

  17. Quantifying Benefits and Costs of Longview.s Urban Forest

  18. Quantifying Benefits and Costs of Modesto.s Urban Forest

  19. Quantifying Benefits and Costs of Santa Monica.s Urban Forest

  20. Sacramento Urban Forest Ecosystem Study

  21. San Francisco trees poised to provide big benefits

  22. Street Trees of Los Angeles

  23. Technical Potential for Tree Planting in Sacramento

  24. The Large Tree Argument: The Case for Large Trees vs. Small Trees

  25. Tree Values Quantified

  26. Urban forestry issue in North American: global implicaions

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