GREEN BAY - Trees contribute more than $6 million in benefits to the Green Bay area, according to a DNR study.
According to the study, the tree canopy covers 24 percent of the metro area – including Allouez, Ashwaubenonon, Bellevue, De Pere, Green Bay, Hobart and Howard – with the potential for an additional 56 percent of canopy cover.
This is how the benefits break down, according to the survey:
- $1.81 million per year in summer cooling and winter heating energy savings
- $1.78 million per year in storm water management savings by intercepting approximately 65 million gallons of storm water annually
- $2.02 million per year increase in local property values
- $262,207 per year in air quality improvements by mitigating harmful air pollutants
- $233,998 per year in atmospheric carbon dioxide reduction
DNR officials say the analysis was done by using the i-Tree Streets & Canopy software developed by the U.S. Forest Service.
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