The Benefits Of Trees
Among the most beautiful and useful products of nature, trees are unquestionably one of the most important of earth’s natural resources. Trees serve many functions, from providing food and habitat for animals, to filtering the very air and water we need to survive. Trees also yield countless materials and consumer products that we use in our everyday lives, including coal, timber, rubber, paper, and cork. Trees heat our homes, grow our food, and beautify our neighborhoods. In short, they are an essential part of the global ecosystem.
Pennsylvania is currently home to about 134 native species of trees, and forests blanket approximately 60 percent of our state. For more information on the benefits of trees, visit the National Arbor Day Foundation’s website.
Fun Facts About Trees
- One large tree can provide a day’s supply of oxygen for up to four people.
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- Trees lower surface and air temperatures by providing shade. Shaded surfaces may be 20–45°F cooler than the peak temperatures of unshaded materials.
- Trees cool the city by up to 10°F by shading our homes and streets and releasing water vapor into the air through their leaves. U.S. EPA
- The Pennsylvania state tree is the eastern hemlock (Tsuga canadensis).
- Pennsylvania is home to 17 native species of oaks – University of Pennsylvania
- Tree roots and leaf debris can create soil conditions that promote infiltration of stormwater into the ground.
- EPA studies on how trees reduce stormwater runoff
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