How Trees Benefit Marple Township

Trees have an enormous economic, aesthetic and healthful influence on communities. The trees growing on both public and private property in Marple collectively constitute our community forest.

This forest provides a protective leaf canopy that moderates climate, preserves soil, beautifies streets, parks and residential landscapes, and shelters both the people and wildlife that call Marple home.

  • The trees in our community forest provide net benefits to the township that are worth 2 to 3 times the cost of planting and caring for them over a thirty-year period.
  • Trees save taxpayers money by reducing township energy costs and stormwater treatment costs, amounting to many, many thousands of dollars each year.
  • A mature deciduous tree intercepts from 500 to 700 gallons of water from rainfall each year, reducing flooding and soil erosion in residential yards and parks.
  • Healthy, mature trees add about 10 percent to the value of a typical residential property.
  • A large, healthy shade tree has a cooling effect equivalent to ten room-sized air conditioners operating 20 hours a day.
  • Trees benefit the local economy because customers spend up to 20 percent more in stores with trees in front of them, than in stores without trees in front.
  • An average size tree “inhales” 26 pounds of CO2 and “exhales” enough oxygen to keep a family of four breathing for a year.
  • A 70 year old tree stores over three tons of carbon from the atmosphere during its lifetime.
  • A mature tree traps enough particle pollutants and absorbs enough CO2 per acre to equal the output of a passenger car driven 26,000 miles.
  • One acre of forest absorbs six tons of carbon dioxide and releases four tons of oxygen—enough to allow 18 people to breathe for a year.
  • Neighborhoods with lots of trees experience slower traffic speeds and fewer traffic accidents.
  • There are fewer incidents of violence and crime in neighborhoods with lots of mature, attractive trees.
  • Through their ability to reduce air pollution and beautify neighborhoods, business districts, parks and highways, trees are a powerful positive influence on the mental and physical health of our community.

 Some Data Courtesy of Davy Tree Co; Graphic courtesy of ISA