National Arbor Day
Friday, April 27 is National Arbor Day. Trees not only add beauty and value to our landscape, they also provide many environmental benefits. In a year, a single healthy tree:
- Has the same cooling effect as ten room-sized air conditioners running continually.
- Absorbs 750 gallons of stormwater, preventing erosion and protecting water quality.
- Filters 60 pounds of pollutants from the air.
Viewer Tip: This is a great time of year to celebrate trees!
- Plant a tree at home. Find tips for choosing and siting trees at www.arborday.org/trees/righttreeandplace/index.cfm.
- Volunteer to plant trees in your community. Visit www.arborday.org/programs/volunteers/States.cfm to find a list of tree-planting organizations in your area.
- Learn to identify trees in your neighborhood. Use the free online edition of “What Tree is That?” at www.arborday.org/trees/whatTree/to hone your identification skills.
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(Source: Arbor Day Foundation. “Benefits of Trees.” http://www.arborday.org/trees/benefits.cfm; PATrees.org, “Trees and Forests Reduce the Impacts of Stormwater,” http://www.patrees.org/trees-reduce-stormwater)