The City of Boca Raton has been designated as a Tree City USA since 1979. Investing in the City's tree canopy provides many benefits to residents.
Benefits of Urban Tree Canopy
Stormwater and Pollution Benefits
Tree canopy captures rainwater, reducing localized flooding and preventing stormwater runoff that can lead to water pollution
The City's tree canopy can capture 33.1 million gallons of stormwater during a storm event. That is equivalent to approximately 50 Olympic-sized swimming pools.
Pollutants captured annually by the City's trees:
18,488 ibs. of nitrogen
1,427 ibs. of phosphorus
2,412 tons of sediment
Heat and Climate Protection Benefits
Tree cool urban environments by providing shade and through transpiration. This cooling impact can help alleviate the urban heat island effect and even reduce electric bills related to cooling. As the world, and South Florida, gets warmer, this benefit will become even more important.
Days above 100°F
Historic: 28 days/year
Mid century (projected): 121 days/year
Late century (projected): 157 days/year
Health and Economic Benefits
In addition to environmental benefits, trees have proved benefits to human health and wellbeing.
Houses with trees tend to sell faster and for higher prices than those without trees.
University studies have linked trees in a neighborhood with lower crime rates.
Street trees encourage more walking, thus improving health.
By absorbing air pollutants, trees improve respiratory health, particularly among children.
Studies show that just being able to see trees can improve focus and reduce stress.