Economic Components of Urban Tree Value

While similarities exist between the ecological, social, and economic benefits of urban and rural forests, there are also significant differences. Rural production-oriented forests are often used for activities like timber production, recreation, and wildlife habitat; these tangible values are more easily quantified due to established markets and fees. Urban forests increase the quality of life for urban populations by conveying positive benefits, through services such as: reducing storm water runoff, decreasing energy consumption, providing a pleasant aesthetic environment, and increasing local economic participation.
Dr. Thomas J. Straka, Department of Forestry and Natural Resources, Clemson University and Kristin S. Peterson, Former Graduate Research Assistant, Clemson University

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