“To exist as a nation, to prosper as a state, and to live as a people, we must have trees.”
– Theodore Roosevelt
We are in constant awe of what trees are capable of. We learn more every day about the vital role they play in our environment and in our lives.
Of course trees are magnificent. They produce the oxygen we breathe. They also provide healthy food options. And of course they provide necessary habitat for wildlife of all types, serving as entire ecosystems of flora and fauna.
But this is just scratching the surface.
Studies also show that trees:
- Bring down air and surface temperatures
- Sequester air pollution, reducing the effects on the human body
- Capture and process stormwater
- Preserve land and fight erosion
- Lower energy usage, and therefore carbon footprints
- Clean drinking water
Other science shows that the mere presence of trees in nearby landscapes has been shown to:
- Improve human health and lengthen life spans
- Reduce crime rates
- Lower stress levels in drivers
- Increase property values
- Boost retail foot traffic and purchasing
- Improve health outcomes in hospital settings
- Raise students’ test scores in school settings
Even after a tree’s life is over, they provide us with building supplies, furniture, firewood and thousands of other products that humans need and cherish.
We hope you can find some great resources on this website that provide best practices in selecting trees, planting them, and caring for them, all specifically tailored to our climate and soil conditions in South Louisiana.
“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.”
– Chinese proverb
PLANT IT FORWARD.
Interested in more data, numbers and values? Check out these great pages from our friends at the Arbor Day Foundation: