Tree Guidelines for San Joaquin Valley Communities

Tree Guidelines for San Joaquin Valley Communities


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Mature trees can reduce summer cooling costs by shading buildings and reducing ambient temperatures. They improve air quality by absorbing pollutants and can increase property values by 3-7%. Developed for LGC by the U.S. Forest Service’s Western Center for Urban Forest Research & Education, this guide provides tree selection and planting guidelines and an extensive cost-benefit analysis. Tables and graphs quantify the impacts of street and shade trees on air quality and community energy along with maintenance and infrastructure costs.

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Author: E. Gregory McPherson, James R. Simpson, Paula J. Peper, and Qingfu Xiao
Published: January 2000
Pages: 63