One source for data relativity that answers the question about “what is a tree worth” is iTree, (https://www.itreetools.org/cta-tree-benefits) which has a list for the benefits of a tree in your climate zone over a 20 year period. For example a maple in midwestern climate for 20 years will:
According to https://ufi.ca.uky.edu/treetalk/trees-treeworth, trees in urban and suburban environments offer many benefits to citizens and landowners. Although some of these benefits are intangible, like the enjoyment of a cool summer breeze and or the relaxing sound of wildlife in the landscape, all have monetary values that can be calculated. For example:
The value of specific canopy areas of trees can be assessed toward the overall health of a community. That is why the replanting of removed trees can be so beneficial and help the overall health of your community. A north Carolina University project https://projects.ncsu.edu/project/treesofstrength/treefact.htm, notes these truths:
It is an indefinable value given to the mighty trees. When we can keep them safely lush, and beneficial, we restore much to the Earth and receive much from their presence.
Amber Delehanty ISA Certified Arborist #FL-9514A
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