Benefits of Trees

A Community Canopy Study (PDF) by Davey Resource Group estimated that for every $1 spent on Woodland’s public trees, the community receives $1.50 in benefits through energy savings, air quality improvements, stormwater interception, atmospheric CO2 reductions, and aesthetic contributions. You can calculate the benefits of trees using this online Tree Benefits Calculator.

Air Quality

Trees remove dirt and other pollutants from the air. Trees also absorb carbon dioxide and produce oxygen for us to breathe.

Energy Savings

By shading buildings, trees reduce indoor heat in summer and the need to use energy for air conditioning. Shading pavement helps reduce the amount of heat stored by asphalt and the amount of energy needed for vehicle and building air conditioning.


Trees provide urban homes for birds, bees, reptiles, amphibians, and small mammals that live in or migrate through our community. They depend on trees for food, shelter, cover, and nesting habitat.

Quality of Life

Trees build communities. They make neighborhoods more attractive, appealing, and walkable by shading sidewalks, providing scenery, reducing air pollution, and buffering pedestrians from noise and traffic.

Water Savings & Water Quality Benefits

Shade from trees slows water evaporation from lawns, tree roots help to hold soil in place and prevent erosion, and as trees transpire they release moisture into the atmosphere. Most newly planted trees need only five gallons of water a week. Take proper care of your trees with these Water-Wise Tree Care tips (PDF) and Help Your Trees Survive the Drought (PDF).