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Tree Benefit Resources

This sampling of research and research institutions describes the benefits of trees from environmental, economic, and social perspectives. Several of these studies are based in Portland and provide a local lens through which to view the benefits of our urban forest. Search the US Forest Service's Urban Ecosystems and Social Dynamics Program database for more studies on the benefits of urban trees.


Environmental benefits of trees

Economic benefits of trees

Energy benefits of trees

Social and cultural benefits of trees

Individual benefits of trees


Environmental benefits of trees

              USDA Forest Service

              Sustainable Cities Institute at the National League of Cities

              Science Friday, Public Radio International, produced by Alexa Lim, Sept. 26,2014

              Science Friday, Public Radio International, produced by Alexa Lim, Sept. 26,2014

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Economic benefits of trees

              Donovan, Geoffrey H., and David Butry. 2010

              Donovan, Geoffrey H., and David Butry. 2011

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Energy benefits of trees

              Geiger, J.R. 2002

              McPherson, E. Gregory, and James R. Simpson. 2001

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Social and cultural benefits of trees

              Donovan, Geoffrey H., and Jeffrey P. Prestemon. 2012

              Projects Director Kathleen L. Wolf, Ph.D.

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Individual benefits of trees

              University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

              Dwyer, John F., Herbert W. Schroeder, and Paul H. Gobster. 1991

              Portland State University

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