Trees pay us back

Why plant trees?

Trees are a critical component of the City’s infrastructure that essentially pay for themselves. Trees are actually one of the most cost-effective parts of the urban infrastructure. Given the right space and a little care, trees pay us back in so many ways.

The many benefits of trees

  • Enhance people’s quality of life
  • Improve human physical and mental health
  • Provide an aesthetically pleasing homage to Saratoga’s vibrant history
  • Reduce energy use & energy bills
  • Reduce water pollution
  • Improve air quality
  • Provide habitat for a variety of wildlife
  • Provide food for pollinators, birds and more
  • Increase property values
Northern Red Oak Tree
Northern Red Oak in fall color

Learn more about the benefits of trees in an urban environment


Trees Pay Us Back – Costs and benefits of urban trees

Trees are worth downtown’s investment – Wolff 2006

Cooling Effects of Saratoga’s Trees – Sustainable Saratoga 2016

Envisioning a Great Green City The Nature Conservancy 2018

Funding trees for health: an analysis for finance and policy actions to enable tree planting for public health – The Nature Conservancy