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Top ten reasons to become a member of the Sacramento Tree Foundation

April 21, 2012

1. To assuage your guilt for the tree you cut down

Planting new trees is the best way to plan for the future of our canopy. Over the past 26 years, the Sacramento Tree Foundation has partnered to plant over 1.25 millions trees.

2. You still drive an SUV

Trees clean the water and water — naturally. Tree leaves absorb dirty air and remove pollutants. Plus, trees absorb carbon dioxide and produce oxygen for us to breathe. 100 trees remove five tons of CO2 per year.

3. Because you're a little shady yourself.

Trees provide shade for your house in the summer and keep your electric/gas bills low. Trees also cool the air by releasing moisture into the air through a process called transpiration.

4. Al Gore said so.

The benefits of trees are undeniable. Tree canopies and root systems slow and reduce storm water runoff, flooding and erosion. Trees also help filter water runoff, reducing potential sources of water pollution into our rivers and storm drains.

5. You'd have no relatives because you'd have no family tree.

Trees provide a sense of community. Studies have shown neighborhoods with more trees experience a lower crime rate. And cars drive more slowly down tree lined streets.

6. Only saps don't believe in trees.

Don't believe in trees? Well the numbers don't lie. A mature tree in your front yard can increase the sales price of your home by 1%, plus increase property values as much as 10%.

7. They look good anywhere (please plant them outside)

The dazzling crepe myrtle illuminating your backyard. The fiery maples that line our streets and sidewalks. The stately sycamores that shade our parks and public places. Together, these leafy wonders make up the lush tree canopy — or urban forest — that blankets the Sacramento area.

8. Trees are our friends

They will never betray you or tell you how you really look in those jeans. Though they will give you a place to hang your rope swing and enjoy a shady picnic.

9. Because you feel guilty about hitting the print button twice for a 100 page document.

We all live in an urban forest. Just look out the window.

10. It feels good to give.

Enough said.