Trees are valuable. Ask anyone and they will agree this is clear and undisputable. Valuable to who? How much value and what type of value? The answers to those questions should be clear, but often are not. So, let’s take a look.
Valuable to who? Everyone! Everywhere! Whether you realize it or not. We would have a very hard time living on planet Earth without trees.
How much value and what type? Well, that depends on what’s important to you and what you are measuring to determine value. What are the benefits and services trees provide, and which ones are most valuable to you?
Image credits: Top right: Urban Forest Master Plan, Arlington County; Top Left & Bottom Images: L. Fox
Virginia Cooperative Extension is a partnership of Virginia Tech, Virginia State University, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and local governments. Its programs and employment are open to all, regardless of age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, military status, or any other basis protected by law.
Master Gardener Help Desk