Calculating Tree Benefits: Easy as One, Two, Tree

IN PARTNERSHIP WITH: Missouri Botanical Garden, BiodiverseCity St. Louis, and Academy of Science-St. Louis.

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We know trees provide significant ecosystem services on a project, but these benefits are often overlooked. Now, using tools in the iTree suite of software from the USDA Forest Service, planners and designers can easily calculate the air, water, and energy impacts of existing, proposed, and newly planted trees on a project. Additionally, growing scientific research demonstrates the positive impact of trees on public health and well-being.

Using this data, we can show how trees improve key community challenges like air and water quality, crime, residential home values, youth education, and local economies. As the St. Louis region continues to invest in strategic community planning, we can leverage the quantitative and qualitative benefits of trees as a tool to improve environmental conditions and overall well-being of vulnerable communities in low canopy areas – elevating trees from a nicety to a necessity.


  • Examine the diverse ways community trees can increase economic, environmental, and social benefits.
  • Calculate the value of trees on a project.
  • Incorporate tree benefits into project promotion and community engagement.

Meridith Perkins, Senior Urban Forestry Consultant, Davey Resource Group

Meridith manages the Missouri Urban Forestry Consortium for Davey Resource Group. She has spent 20 years helping municipal governments across the country better understand, care for, and benefit from their community trees. Meridith has a forestry degree from the University of Missouri and is an International Society of Arboriculture Certified Arborist, qualified as a Tree Risk Assessor and Municipal Specialist.

Tom Ebeling, Community Forester, Forest ReLeaf of Missouri
As Community Forester, Tom’s responsibilities include community outreach and education, volunteer coordination, oversight of the Plant MOre Trees app, assisting with forestry programs operation, and teaching forestry related courses. Tom has a Bachelors in Urban Forestry and a Minor in Plant Sciences from the University of Missouri, Columbia.

Submitted for approval of 1 GBCI CE Hour and 1 AIA LU/HSW

Tuesday, February 12, 2019, 5:30 – 7:30 pm

5:30-6:15 pm –Registration & Networking
6:15-7:30 pm – Formal Presentation

Missouri Botanical Garden Ridgway Center (main campus)
4344 Shaw Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63110

Free for all attendees!

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