BEN­E­FITS OF TREES TO PHOENIX

Yuma Sun - - DESERT LIFE - - Source: phoenix.gov/ park­site

Phoenix has about 3.16 mil­lion trees, both na­tive and in­tro­duced va­ri­eties, pro­vid­ing a 10 per­cent canopy, with a planned goal of in­creas­ing that canopy per­cent­age to 25 per­cent by 2030.

• Air qual­ity: Trees store 305,000 tons of car­bon and re­move 35,400 tons of car­bon from the air each year. Trees re­move enough car­bon to off­set 10,412 cars an­nu­ally. Oxy­gen pro­duc­tion is 89,200 tons an­nu­ally.

• Pol­lu­tion re­moval: Trees in­ter­cept 1,770 tons of air pol­lu­tion an­nu­ally.

• Stormwa­ter runoff: Trees re­duce runoff by 91.7 mil­lion cu­bic feet an­nu­ally

• En­ergy use: Trees re­duce en­ergy-re­lated costs from res­i­den­tial build­ings by $22.9 mil­lion an­nu­ally

• Pro­vide shade: Trees ac­count for 9 per­cent shade within the city, equiv­a­lent to 107,186,640 um­brel­las or 186,000 foot­ball fields

• Com­bined value from listed ben­e­fits: $40.25 mil­lion an­nu­ally.

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