September 19, 2013
Tree Guidelines for San Joaquin Valley Communities
Mature trees can reduce summer cooling costs by shading buildings and reducing ambient temperatures. They improve air quality by absorbing pollutants and can increase property values by 3-7%. Developed for CivicWell (formerly known as the Local Government Commission) by the U.S. Forest Service’s Western Center for Urban Forest Research & Education, this guide provides tree selection and planting guidelines and an extensive cost-benefit analysis. Tables and graphs quantify the impacts of street and shade trees on air quality and community energy along with maintenance and infrastructure costs.
Download this Publication (PDF) for free. Appendices not included.
Author: E. Gregory McPherson, James R. Simpson, Paula J. Peper, and Qingfu Xiao
Published: January 2000