The Arbor Day Foundation has named Winterville a Tree City of the World. Winterville joins just three other cities in Georgia who have been so-recognized. Tree Cities of the World is a program founded by The Arbor Day Foundation and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) to recognize cities around the globe that have committed to growing and maintaining their urban forest. Through this recognition, Winterville will join a network of like-minded cities who recognize the importance of trees in building healthy, resilient and happy cities.
Planting trees in a metropolitan area comes with a myriad of benefits. Trees can help reduce costs for energy, stormwater management, and erosion control. The presence of large street and yard trees adds to home values and those homes sell faster. Trees calm traffic and many studies have shown that crime is lower in areas with natural tree landscapes. A large, healthy tree can produce enough oxygen each day for 18 people. Trees reduce air pollution and absorb carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, nitrogen dioxide, and particulates. It has been estimated that over 50 years of its life, a tree generates almost $32,000 worth of oxygen and provides $62,000 value in air pollution control.
The Tree Cities of the World program aims to create more green spaces in urban areas by recognizing the cities that do it well. Planting more trees is the quickest and easiest way to improve a city’s tree canopy and invest in a brighter future.