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Benefits to Private Tree By-laws

Other municipalities have adopted Private Tree By-laws, citing the overall community benefits of the urban forest, including:

  • Promoting biodiversity, providing habitat and food for wildlife.
  • Supporting human health and improve quality of life.
  • Improving the overall neighbourhood aesthetic and leading to increased property values.
  • Reducing stormwater runoff, reducing summer evaporation and increasing groundwater recharge – leading to improved water quality and quantity. Trees also reduce soil erosion and the possibility of flooding.
  • Improving air quality, through the absorption of carbon dioxide (a greenhouse gas) and release of oxygen. Trees also absorb pollutants, trap dust and block noise.
  • Providing protection from the wind and sun, leading to home energy savings.

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