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Benefits of Trees
"The best time to plant a tree is twenty years ago. The second best time is now." 

- Chinese Proverb        


For more information see the following articles:

Seneca Park Living Memorial Grove of Trees
American Cancer Society Letter of 05-20-13

"The Power of a Tree: Louisville Needs to Improve Its Canopy to Improve Life" 
Author: James Bruggers, Courier Journal 04-20-2013

"Environmental Effects of Urban Trees and Vegetation" 
http://www.eoearth.org/article/Environmental_effects_of_urban_trees_and_vegetation 

"Calculating the Green in Green: What's an Urban Tree Worth?" 
Calculating the Green in Green - Pacific Northwest Research Station

"How Green Is Your Valley?"
How Green Is Your Valley - PWmag

"Maybe Only God Can Make a Tree, but Only People Can Put a Price on It"
Maybe Only God Can Make a Tree - NY Times 04-18-2007 

"Bowman Field Tree Canopy Removal: A Costly Cut" 12-17-11
Authors: Dr. Margaret Carreiro, Dr. Tara Trammell, Shannon Scroggins, M.S.
Department of Biology, University of Louisville
BF Tree Canopy Removal

"Urban Tree Canopy Removal"
Urban Tree Canopy Removal - Global Ecosystem Center
Author: Gary Moll

"Bowman Field and the Value of a Tree"
http://www.kwalliance.org/updates/bowman-field-and-value-tree

"Only God Can Make A Tree, But We're In Charge Of Taking Care Of Them".  
Author: Doug Stern 12-19-11
Only God can make a tree

"Louisville Is Losing Its Big Trees And Not Replacing Them"  Source: Alliance for Community Trees. Author: James Bruggers  
Louisville losing big trees  10-28-11

"Topping - Tree Care or Tree Abuse?" Source: Iowa State University
http://www.extension.iastate.edu/publications/sul7.pdf

"Invading Borers Ravaging Ash Trees"
Author: James Bruggers, Courier Journal 06-15-2012 Ash Trees

"Study Links Midwest Tree Losses and Deaths"
Author: James Bruggers, Courier Journal 01-26-13
Midwest Tree Losses

"First of 166 New Downtown Trees Planted"
Author: James Brugges, Courier Journal 12-12-12
New Downtown Trees Planted



Trees are nature's work horses. They have many positive impacts on the environment and the community. Here are some important ones:

  • Increase property values
  • Improve air quality
  • Remove air pollution 
  • Reduce urban heat island effect
  • Serve as screens and buffers
  • Reduce energy use in buildings
  • Improve water quality
  • Reduce ultraviolet radiation
  • Carbon storage  
  • Decrease storm water  runoff and soil erosion
  • Reduce pavement temperature, which reduces rate of asphalt deterioration
  • Lowers resident's utility costs  
  • Human health benefits
  • Crime reduction
  • Increased aesthetics 
  • Habitat for wildlife


​Source: Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest
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© Mike Hayman
© Mike Hayman
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