What if the trees disappear?
There is no upside to the loss of urban forest. Every community that has made the decision to lose urban forest has been on the decline. There are measurable economic savings to a healthy urban forest:
• Trees improve property values; homes with mature trees sell much better.
• Trees reduce air pollution by removing carbon dioxide from the air, reducing the greenhouse effect. Our forests are our lungs. Diminished air quality can be traced back to a lack of urban forest.
• Trees reduce storm water runoff costs by naturally controlling water runoff. Engineering solutions to surface water runoff are much more expensive. Functioning forests work better for storm water and ground water cleanliness than any engineered solution.
• Trees reduce energy costs by shading houses.
• Trees reduce the air temperature by giving off droplets of water.
• Trees help muffle sounds such as cars.

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1. Why is native habitat important?
2. Why is ivy bad on trees?
3. Why not just let nature take its course?
4. What if the trees disappear?
5. Why is Ivy bad when growing on the ground?
6. Why should I remove invasive plants and do restoration now? Why not wait?
7. Who do I call if I want to have ivy or other invasive plants removed from my property?
8. What is to prevent the ivy and other invasive plants from just growing back?
9. What do I use to cover the bare soil after the ivy or other invasive plants have been removed?