BY TEE CLARKSON Special correspondent
As a city of considerable age, Richmond is fortunate to have a significant number of older trees in varying densities across the landscape.
The importance of these trees, particularly in urban areas, is substantial.
“We are way past the hippie, tree-hugger mentality when it comes to the benefits of urban trees,” said Joel Koci, an associate with the Urban Forestry Extension at Virginia State University.
“We have real science to back up the benefits of urban forest.”
Koci pointed specifically to the benefits of trees in sequestering carbon in leaves, trunk and root systems, the absorbing of particulate matter such as harmful chemicals and heavy metals, the absorbing of solar radiation, as well as the reduction of storm water runoff and erosion.