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Why Plant a Memorial Tree?

An Honoring a Life memorial tree goes far beyond a simple gesture. The uniqueness of each tree is symbolic of each individual it's a tribute to. A memorial tree creates a long-term connection with nature and helps inform those affected by the gesture about the importance of our natural environment. Each tree has its own distinct beauty, but every single memorial tree provides the same amazing benefits to our environment.

The Environmental Benefits of Tree Planting

Trees take many years of growth to mature and are a symbol of the continuance of life that benefits the Earth, acting as silent sentinels in nature's plan. Trees and forests play a valuable role in the socioeconomic and environmental health of our communities—past, present, and future.

  • Trees ensure quality air by removing excess carbon, a greenhouse gas, from the atmosphere. Trees then turn this carbon into the oxygen we breathe.

  • Over the course of 50 years, a single tree can generate $31,250 of oxygen, provide $62,000 worth of air pollution control, recycle $37,500 worth of water, and control $31,500 worth of soil erosion.

  • Removing harmful greenhouse gasses contributes to a lower carbon economy. This helps reduce the harmful effects of climate change.

  • Trees increase groundwater recharge and reduce the number of potentially harmful chemicals transported to our waterways which purifies our water.

  • Trees are a major part of a healthy ecosystem, providing habitat and food for a variety of wildlife.

  • The root systems of trees help stabilize soil and can significantly reduce soil erosion.

Strength in Numbers

While a single tree provides many benefits, when trees are planted together they create forests, where the ecological impacts are felt the most. Forests create natural, healthy habitats for life from the tiniest of insects to the largest herbivores, which allows for local plantings to have global impacts. Your memorial trees contribute to these forests and the more that are planted, the more noticeable and profound the effects. With the resources our program provides, and with your help, Honoring a Life has the potential to plant entire large sections of memorial forest.