It Pays Us More Leave Trees Standing than to Cut Them Down



Best Practices:


1. Better site design can also reduce the need to clear and grade 35% to 60% of total site area.


2. Virginia Model Development Principles state: “Clearing and grading of forests and native vegetation at a site should be limited to the minimum amount needed to build lots, allow access, and provide fire protection. A fixed portion of any community open space should be managed as protected green space in a consolidated manner.”



Better Home Values:

3. Property next to green belts can be 5% to 30% more valuable.


Water Treatment

4.  Congaree Bottom Swamp in South Carolina provides 5 Million dollars of sediment removal.


5. The Peugeot sound area spent 2.3 Billion on storm water retention facilities because they lost 37% of their tree cover over 20 years. Atlanta, Georgia will have to spend 2 billion on storm water retention for losing 20% tree cover. Wetlands were worth about $10,000 an acre in 1980 dollars for storm water treatment.


6. Riparian forest buffers remove an estimated 21 lbs of nitrogen per acre per year for

$0.30 per pound, compared to $3 to $5 per pound for Washington, D.C. area

wastewater treatment facilities (CBP, 1998).



Reduce Heating and Cooling Bills

7. “Energy savings of 10% can result by adding as little as 10% tree cover to buffers near buildings (CBP, 1998).”  Some people and businesses have seen as much as 20%-40% savings.



Reduce Spending to Reduce Taxes

8. A home build without the needed trees left standing “costs that locality $1600 more than is returned in taxes and other revenues said a Prince William County, Virginia report in 1998


9. “The cost to treat the quality and quantity of storm water from a single

impervious acre can range from $30,000 to $50,000 (CWP, 1997).


Control Flood Damage 

10. Farmers in Conservation Program Fared Better in Ohio Floods



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