Saving Canadian Trees

Posted by on Aug 25, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Greener and Healthier Living Environment for Canadians

Saving Canadian trees helps efforts toward environmental conservation in many ways – more trees mean cleaner air, reduced water evaporation, and more limited soil erosion.

Benefits for the Environment and Canadians

Planting and saving trees contributes to a healthier and greener environment by reducing carbon dioxide that is released by vehicles in the atmosphere. Trees also help make air and water cleaner. Clean air helps reduce the number of death cases due to respiratory problems and hearth disease. In fact, a study published in Environmental Pollution shows that in 2010, trees in urban areas prevented about 670,000 cases of respiratory diseases and some 850 death cases. The reason is that trees absorb toxic and harmful gasses, minimize particulate matter pollution, and actually help reduce air pollution.

What is more, forests store and filter water which means that cities need to invest less in filtering systems and technologies. Efforts to preserve the environment actually translate into health benefits for Canadians. This is also true for mental health. A number of research studies have illustrated that people who are close to nature benefit from improved mental health and better cognitive functioning. Trees in cities and towns also help lower temperature which means a more pleasant environment and reduced electricity costs for air conditioning. In fact, forests and parks mitigate the effects of wind, rain, storms, and sun and thus help minimize the harmful effects of climate change.  Saving and planting trees also helps control floods because forests hold a large amount of water that can cause flooding in towns and cities.

Trees Make Life Better

Trees have both communal and environmental benefits and create an aesthetic, relaxing, and peaceful environment for humans all over the world. Backyards, playgrounds, parklands, and reserves are a proof to this. People use parks for outdoor and recreational activities such as jogging, hiking, cycling, walking, and sports. Some trees are hundreds of years old and are designated as historic landmarks. They are a source of joy and pride for residents.

Trees Increase Property Values

A number of research studies have illustrated that landscaping helps increase the value of properties. While bathroom remodeling brings a recovery value of up to 120 percent, landscaping results in a recovery value of up to 200 percent. What is more, the appraised value of a tree can reach $5,000 – $10,000. Properties with landscaping are valued up to 20 percent higher than other properties. The value of landscaped properties is 7 percent higher on average.

Trees and Ecosystem’s Health

Trees are the home of many bird and animal species, and many small and large animals feed on leaves, including giraffes, koalas, elephants, and others. Insects, bats, and birds drink nectar. Branches covered with leaves keep many species safe and out of reach of large predators. Many animals live in woodland ecosystems, for example, toads, frogs, foxes, deer, hedgehog, wild boar, weasels, and others. Forests are also the home of birds such as horned grebe, eared grebe, pacific loon, American white pelican, etc. In fact, more than 300 bird species inhabit Canada’s boreal forests. Woodlands are the home of insects as well. Examples include the mountain pine beetle, brown spruce longhorn beetle, and birch leafminer. Spiders, moths, butterflies, reptiles, and amphibians also inhabit woodland habitats.  All this means that forests are a key component of ecosystems, and ecosystems depend on trees for their health.

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