Here’s a nifty little calculator for finding the value of trees in your garden.
As an example: arborists at the University of Massachusetts, the U.S.D.A. Forest Service, and the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation calculated the value of a pin oak with a 14-inch diameter at breast height. All numbers are annual savings/values.
- Carbon sequestered: 259 pounds
- Carbon atmospheric release avoided: 257 pounds carbon total kept out of atmosphere:
- 537 pounds oxygen produced: $1.96
- NO2 deposited: $.85
- NO2 avoided: $3.36
- SO2 deposited: $.25
- SO2 avoided: $1.40
- Particulate matter deposited: $1.77
- Particulate matter avoided: $.39
- Increase in property value: $103
- Conserved electricity: $12.92 (96 kilowatt-hours)
- Reduced natural gas consumption: $39.93 (28 therms)
- Stormwater intercepted: $12.21 (1,527 gallons)
- Not a bad amount of real cash for having a maturing tree.