USDA Forest Service

Pacific Southwest Research Station

 
Pacific Southwest
Research Station

800 Buchanan Street
Albany, CA 94710-0011
(510) 883-8830
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Research Topics Urban Forestry

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Urban trees provide a variety of ecosystem services throughout the course of their lives. (U.S. Forest Service/E. Greg McPherson)

Benefits & Costs

A study of urban forests in Modesto, CA, showed that for each $1 invested in urban forest management, $1.89 in benefits is returned to residents. City trees removed 154 tons of air pollutants, increased property values by over $1.5 million, and provided shade to save more than $1 million in energy costs.

This information convinced city officials to increase the tree budget and an electric utility company to invest $20,000 in developing the Modesto Tree Foundation. More examples like these are available in our published research about the costs and benefits of urban forests.


The state of California's urban forests
The state of California's urban forests
The state of California's street trees
The state of California's street trees
Million Trees Los Angeles: carbon sink or source?
Million Trees Los Angeles: carbon sink or source?
Urban Tree Canopy Assessments
Urban Tree Canopy Assessments

 

Publications