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

 

Notes

1. Pg 5  http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/soil_&_water/documents/swmecon.pdf 

2. Pg 6 http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/soil_&_water/documents/swmecon.pdf

3. Pg 20 http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/soil_&_water/documents/swmecon.pdf

4. Pg 21 http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/soil_&_water/documents/swmecon.pdf

5. Pg 20 http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/soil_&_water/documents/swmecon.pdf

6. Pg 23 http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/soil_&_water/documents/swmecon.pdf

7. Pg 22 http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/soil_&_water/documents/swmecon.pdf

8. Pg 24 http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/soil_&_water/documents/swmecon.pdf

9. Pg 25 http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/soil_&_water/documents/swmecon.pdf

10. http://www.edf.org/article.cfm?contentID=7678