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Parks & Recreation

Healthy Parks, Healthy Portland

Phone: 503-823-PLAY (7529)

Fax: 503-823-6007

1120 SW Fifth Ave., Suite 1302, Portland, OR 97204

The Benefits of Trees

Trees in the urban environment provide a multitude of benefits, such as supplying food and habitat for wildlife, purifying air, abating noise, supplying shade, increasing privacy, cooling air temperatures, intercepting stormwater, and reducing runoff. They also provide many aesthetic benefits that make the otherwise gray infrastructure and densely populated conditions of the urban environment a beautiful place to live.


Tree Benefit Resources

Links to studies or research institutes evaluating the benefits of trees

Calculate the benefits of your trees

Calculate the benefits of your trees with the US Forest Service's i-Tree Design tool

Urban Canopy Report 2007

This report describes the benefits provided by Portland's urban forest canopy, focusing on a study of publicly owned street and park trees. The structure and function of these public tree resources are used to calculate a wide variety of benefits