Surviving The Drought: How to Maintain Trees for Cleaner Air, Higher Property Value, Energy Reduction

Santa Monica’s Recreation and Parks Commissioner Phil Brock says the city’s ability to maintain trees during the drought has provided numerous benefits to residents.

According to a 2015 research study by the U.S. Forest Service, Santa Monica’s trees deliver $5.1 million worth of benefits by cleaning the air, increasing property value, and reducing energy use.

Santa Monica’s Urban Forester Matthew Wells said he is pleased with the new number as it is significantly higher than it used to be.

Although it may seem like Santa Monica doesn’t lack trees, Brock said the drought has affected them. He firmly believes there is a need for more because the city has lost around 100 trees.

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