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Beyond Beauty: Establishing the Value of Urban and Suburban Trees

January 11, 2023 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


presented by David Bloniarz, USDA Forest Service and UMass.

Remote Seminar 1/11/2023


All interested Town residents are welcome to register for an online seminar this Wednesday, January 11th, 7pm-830pm: “Beyond Beauty: Establishing the Value of Urban and Suburban Trees,” presented by David Bloniarz, USDA Forest Service and UMass.

For event registration and more information, please visit

Most are aware that trees provide beauty and a boost to real estate values in the built-up world, and that shade trees mitigate the heat sink of sunshine on brick, concrete, and asphalt.  Trees and forests do much more.  As stated by the US Forestry Service, “[t]he trees around you

–remove hazardous pollutants from the air you breathe,

–absorb carbon dioxide from the air to store as wood,

–and control stormwater by intercepting and absorbing rainfall.” [i]

The presentation is sponsored by Energize Lexington, whose mission is “[t]aking on the climate challenge, one Lexington household at a time.[ii]”  Dr. Bloniarz will discuss scientific methods to determine the benefits of urban and suburban trees, including monetary values for the environmental work performed by trees.

The presentation includes a demonstration of iTree, the US Forestry’s flagship suite of online tools, which “delivers current, peer-reviewed tree benefits estimation science from the USDA Forest Service to all types of users with free tools and support.” [iii]

I look forward to packing the (virtual) house with neighbors.

In fair notice, I serve on Bedford Arbor Resources Committee (BARC).  For more information about BARC, please visit the Town website:




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January 11, 2023
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


Energize Lexington
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Molly Haskell
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