Arbor Day project to sprout in Chicago

April 26, 2011 at 6:06 AM Leave a comment

Arbor Day project to sprout in Chicago.

How much is a tree worth?

What's not to like?

At this particular moment, when all around us trees are on the verge of bursting into glorious leaf, a fortune.

But come Friday, Arbor Day, we’ll be seeing price tags.

On Thursday, staffers and volunteers from the Morton Arboretum will descend on downtown Chicago and place tags on more than 400 trees showing the dollar value of the environmental benefits supplied by each one over a span of 15 years. Tags also will be attached to 100 trees at the arboretum in Lisle and the Yorktown Center in Lombard.

So how much is a tree worth, environmentally? A ginkgo on Randolph Street, for example: More than $2,600 in environmental savings over the next 15 years. The total for the 500 or so trees being tagged: $620,005.

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Entry filed under: Nature Notes.

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