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  • Benefits to Private Tree By-laws

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    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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