|I shot this in Wasena Park last fall.|
Here's a news release from the city telling you how important those trees are in a variety of ways:
Recently released data indicates that the Roanoke's urban tree canopy has increased from 32 percent to 48 percent since 1997. This data was reported in a comprehensive study completed by the Virginia Department of Forestry, University of Vermont, Virginia Tech, and the Roanoke Valley Alleghany Regional Commission.
Trees provide many benefits to the Roanoke community, including:
•Removing 304 tons of air pollutants each year, for a total annual value of $2,270,000
•Providing an annual energy benefit of $511,000
•Increasing property values by $913,127
•Providing an annunal stormwater benefit of $1,022,236
•Providing a benefit-cost ratio of street trees of 6.61 to 1
In addition, the National Arbor Day Foundation reports that "it has been conservatively estimated that over $1.5 billion per year is generated in tax revenue for communities in the U.S. due to the value of privately owned trees on residential property."
Roanoke's comprehensive plan, Vision 2001-2020, states that "maintaining and increasing the city's tree canopy will have a beneficial impact on air quality, stormwater control, noise levels, temperature and visual appearance."