Urban trees are a vital part of a functioning ecosystem. City trees can significantly reduce runoff during rainstorms, which pollutes local streams. Trees also absorb dangerous chemicals and other pollutants in the soil and can either store the pollutants or make them less harmful. Trees improve air quality by taking in carbon dioxide and other air pollution and releasing oxygen. Their shade and evaporation create microclimates cooler than the surrounding sunny areas, cutting down on pollution and reducing higher temperatures in cities.
Trees can also increase property values and reduce energy use by reducing summer cooling and winter heating costs. Global ReLeaf provides grants that leverage community resources for tree-planting projects in urban areas. These projects include streamside forest buffers, street trees and open space plantings.
American Forests is partnering with Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Inc., to restore Indianapolis’ Fall Creek Watershed and enhance the Fall Creek Greenway Trail.
American Forests is partnering with Connecticut’s New Haven Urban Resources Initiative to plant trees and educate residents on the benefits of tree.