For Immediate Release
April 14, 2017
Contact: John Scott or Lee Porter
Parks and Recreation Department
City Initiates Tree Price Tag Project for April
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — In recognition of Arbor Day and Earth Day, the City’s Urban Forestry Division is placing “price tags” on trees along the Razorback Greenway and in several parks throughout the City – including the downtown Square. Trees help improve our lives and have countless benefits; the Tree Price Tag Project demonstrates and quantifies the value of trees in our community.
The large laminated tags show the overall monetary value of each tree based on the annual and lifetime benefits, such as:
- Annual reduction of stormwater runoff (in gallons)
- Annual reduction of carbon dioxide (in pounds)
- Lifetime electricity savings (in dollars)
- Lifetime air quality filtrations savings (in dollars)
- Property value (in dollars)
While the numbers represent only a fraction of the benefits provided by trees, the project does help quantify the value of Fayetteville’s urban forest. Other values – such as human, social, or communal health are more difficult to quantify and are not included on the tags. The City’s Urban Forestry staff used this climate zone-specific Tree Benefit Calculator to estimate benefits.
Staff is excited to share the value of trees with the public and encourages residents to take part in the many activities being held for Earth Day on April 22, and Arbor Day on April 28. Citizens are also encouraged to plant a tree this month to improve the value of their home or business and help the environment.
The Arbor Day Foundation has recognized Fayetteville as a Tree City USA community for 22 consecutive years. Information about the Urban Forestry Division can be found on the City’s website here.