How our trees contribute to our quality of life in Ferguson Township

Date: April 25, 2018

Ferguson Township is a Tree City USA, a distinction the Arbor Day Foundation has bestowed on us for two consecutive years.

Trees silently provide numerous benefits, so silently that you may not know how much trees actually do for us. Here are some ways our urban forest in Ferguson Township is beneficial:

Oxygen
Trees help us breathe. In one year, an acre of mature trees absorbs enough C02 to offset driving your car for 26,000 miles. That same acre of trees produces enough oxygen to sustain 18 people. Trees also absorb other pollutants such as sulfur dioxide and ozone.

Shade
Trees keep us cool. Three trees placed strategically around a home can reduce the need for summer air conditioning by 50 percent. Trees just don’t keep our homes cool, they also cool our streets and neighborhoods. Trees can cool a city by up to 10 degrees by shading our streets, sidewalks, and lawns.

Water Management and Conservation
Trees clean our water, and save water, too. Trees filter and absorb storm water runoff, reducing flooding, erosion, and pollution. Shade from trees slows evaporation of rainfall, allowing it to infiltrate the ground.

Enhance Property Values
Trees increase our property values. Studies have shown that properties with trees can be worth up to 15 percent more than those that don't have trees, and commercial areas that incorporate trees see more business traffic than those without trees. Trees can also shield us from traffic noise, busy streets, and unsightly views.

Trees do all these and so much more. The Township’s urban forest continues to grow -- both in numbers and size -- and as it grows, so do its benefits. If you would like a street tree to be planted in front of your property, or have questions about the urban forestry program in Ferguson Township, please contact Lance King, Township Arborist, at (814) 238-4651 or at lking@twp.ferguson.pa.us

View 22 benefits of trees

Source: TreePeople


Resources
How to Properly Mulch Your Trees

Ferguson Township's 2017-2022 Tree Plan
How to Reduce the Effect of Oak Wilt on Your Trees
How Evergreens Enhance the Quality of Life in Ferguson Township

Arbor Day
Ferguson Township will celebrate Arbor Day on Saturday, April 28, with a tree planting by Ferguson Township Elementary students at "Owens Drive Park," currently in development. Learn more

Tree Planting Underway
Ferguson Township's contractor, Greene's Landscape, is planting street trees throughout the Township this week and next.

The Township is planting approximately 150 street trees in all, including 32 different species. Eighty will be replacements of old trees, while 70 of the trees will be planted in new locations on Park Crest Lane, West Park Hills Avenue, and Martin Street. 

Residents with questions may contact Ferguson Township Arborist Lance King at (814) 238-4651, or lking@twp.ferguson.pa.us