This came in today on the benefits of trees to a town, some of which are economic in ways that had not occurred to me. For instance, one benefit is extended roadway asphalt life due to the shading and temperature control.
Medfield needs better data on all our town trees by means of an inventory, and then a thoughtful plan on where and when to plant more trees.
Also, I noticed while jogging at the former MSH site this weekend that many of the sugar maples that line the main entrance driveway that crosses the front view scape are now looking like they are beyond saving, and since they are now the town’s responsibility, we should probably cut many down and trim the rest, to reduce the safety risk and prolong the life of those we can save. In years past someone has taped the trees for their sap to make maple syrup, which is a great synergy, especially if the sugar shack could be located in town – Weston has one attached to its middle school and the kids help out.
Finally, the DPW was at the former MSH site this weekend taking collapsed porches off some buildings.
Below is an excerpt from the tree article –
Everyone knows trees are good for the environment – they generate oxygen, filter air pollutants and absorb rainwater during storms. A growing volume of research indicates trees are also providing perks to local transit, quality of life and property values.
According to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, for every single street planted – at a cost of around $300 – the city will enjoy more than $90,000 in direct benefits throughout the lifetime of the tree. The research suggests adding trees to urban landscapes can bring about a significant number of benefits to the local community including:
- Increased motorized traffic and pedestrian safety through reduced speeds
- Creating safer walking environments
- Increased access to green space
- Boosted security
- Economic growth and sustainability
- Less drainage infrastructure
- Protection from rain, sun and heat
- Reduced impact of tailpipe emissions
- Gas transformation efficiency
- Lower urban air temperatures
- Reduced blood pressure, improved overall emotional and psychological health
- Added value to adjacent homes, businesses and taxes