Research by the US Forest Service done right here in the Pacific Northwest shows that planting and maintaining trees produces a 270% return rate. That means for every $1 cities invest, $2.70 worth of services is returned. That makes trees a better investment than stocks, bonds, CDs, money-market accounts, and even most real estate.
Given the economic turmoil the country is experiencing this year, it is more than appropriate to help people connect with the idea that urban forestry is a worthwhile investment. ISA Certified Arborist Elwood Newhouse has done this with a new billboard - check it out. Nice job Elwood.