Trees help humans and other living things in many ways. Among them, they:
- Remove carbon dioxide (a greenhouse gas) and other pollutants from the air
- Produce oxygen
- Provide food and shelter for animals
- Nurture biodiversity
- Preserve important parts of our state's history
- Add beauty to the landscape
- Provide a pleasant environment for recreation
- Help protect streams and lakes by reducing runoff
- Provide timber and nontimber products
- Provide jobs—more than 40,000 in Minnesota alone
Trees around homes and other buildings also:
- Help reduce energy demand by shading homes in summer and sheltering them from wind in winter
- Reduce noise pollution by absorbing sound
- Increase property values
Trees in communities can provide up to $7 in benefits each year for every $1 invested in caring for them.
How can YOU help keep trees healthy? Here are some hints:
- Plant native trees. Minnesota has 52 native tree species to choose from.
- Plant a variety of species. A single pest can wipe out many trees of the same species. Take advantage of the strength in diversity!
- Plant a variety of ages. A range of ages will help keep a forest healthy as individual trees grow, age, and die.
- Plant the right tree in the right spot. Different trees have different needs for sunlight, shade, temperature, moisture, and soil.
- Plant the right way. Dig a hole big enough to make room for the roots. Position the tree so the first root is at or just below the soil. Firm soil around the tree. Water regularly.
For more information on selecting, planting, and caring for trees