Comprehensive Tree Benefits Assessment

Trees provide ecosystem services that sustain environmental and human health. Yet, despite their significant contributions, their value is difficult to define. In the Spring of 2012, students working for the Campus Arboretum completed an inventory of all trees on campus. Data collected was processed using i-Tree software to calculate their total economic contributions. This data will not only establish priorities and direct more sustainable collections planning but will also provide a means to more effectively advocate for preservation of trees using quantitative data.  For a short introduction to the project, see page 12-18 of the UA Climate Action Plan. Alternatively, you may read a short summary here or view the full report.