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The Invaluable Role of Trees in Enhancing Neighborhoods

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Ridgewood NJ, the word is the Village of Ridgewood intends to cut down 186 mature tress at the Schedler property . Imagine a neighborhood without trees. The absence of these towering sentinels of nature would render such a place barren, stark, and lifeless. Trees are more than just botanical entities; they are living treasures that significantly enrich our neighborhoods. Their value extends far beyond aesthetics, and their presence contributes to a healthier, more vibrant, and happier community. In this essay, we will explore the myriad ways in which trees enhance the value of neighborhoods.

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  1. Aesthetic Beauty and Curb Appeal

First and foremost, trees bestow natural beauty upon neighborhoods. They create a lush and visually appealing environment, enhancing the curb appeal of homes and streets. The varied foliage, seasonal blooms, and the changing colors of leaves throughout the year provide a visual symphony that transforms neighborhoods into picturesque landscapes. A neighborhood adorned with trees becomes an inviting and attractive place to live, fostering a sense of pride among its residents.

  1. Improved Air Quality

Trees are the unsung heroes of air purification. They absorb carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas responsible for climate change, and release oxygen, which we all depend on for our survival. Additionally, trees act as natural air filters, trapping harmful pollutants and particulate matter, thus contributing to cleaner and healthier air. In neighborhoods, this translates into reduced respiratory problems, lower healthcare costs, and an overall improved quality of life.

  1. Temperature Regulation and Energy Savings

Trees provide natural shade and reduce the “urban heat island” effect in neighborhoods. They cast cooling shadows over streets and homes, mitigating the scorching heat of summer. As a result, residents experience lower energy bills since they rely less on air conditioning. The energy savings, in turn, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, benefiting both the environment and the pocketbooks of homeowners.

  1. Enhanced Mental Health and Well-being

The presence of trees has a profound impact on mental health and well-being. Studies have shown that being around trees reduces stress, anxiety, and depression. The rustling leaves and birdsong provide a soothing soundscape that calms the mind. For neighborhoods, this means happier and healthier residents who enjoy a higher quality of life.

  1. Community Gathering Spaces

Trees also foster community bonding. Parks and green spaces shaded by trees become natural gathering spots for neighbors to socialize, exercise, or simply relax. Picnics, outdoor events, and children’s playdates under the canopy of trees create a sense of belonging and camaraderie among residents.

  1. Increased Property Values

The value of trees extends to the financial realm as well. Properties in tree-lined neighborhoods tend to have higher resale values. Potential buyers are willing to pay a premium for homes in areas with well-maintained trees. Thus, the presence of trees not only enriches lives but also wallets.

  1. Wildlife Habitat

Trees are not only for humans but also for the countless species of birds, insects, and small mammals that rely on them for shelter and sustenance. A neighborhood with an abundance of trees becomes a haven for biodiversity. Observing and interacting with wildlife can be an educational and fulfilling experience for residents, especially for children.

Finally, trees are invaluable assets to neighborhoods. Their benefits extend from the aesthetic to the environmental, from mental well-being to financial gain. They play an essential role in creating a harmonious, healthy, and vibrant community where residents can thrive. Therefore, it is not an exaggeration to say that the value of trees for a neighborhood is immeasurable, and their preservation and expansion should be a priority for urban planners and residents alike. By appreciating and nurturing these green giants, we ensure a brighter and greener future for our neighborhoods and our planet.

15 thoughts on “The Invaluable Role of Trees in Enhancing Neighborhoods

  1. What a shame to pave paradise and put up a parking lot.

  2. I guess the village is no longer Tree City

    1. Athletic Field City

    2. Woke A-hole City

  3. what happened to the environmentalists???????????? where are they hiding when these trees come down????

    what a total waste ridgewood soon be like a potato field flat and treeless just hugh homes taking up all the properties
    there are 2 baseballs fields down stevens avenue by hawes school not always being used to play

    1. The same crowd that mercilessly cuts out healthy, mature trees is the one that supports offshore wind farms. They are all screwed in the head.

  4. My neighbors on literally all sides have been cutting down trees for a couple of years. Last year the people next door nearly clear cut their large lot in order to build a pool and other things. Those century-old trees were nice to look at and blocked traffic noise and street lights that are now much more evident from my house.

    Yesterday a near neighbor had a lot cut down and it was deafening. I had to close the windows on a beautiful day because I could feel it in the air (inside).

    Last week I watched and heard, deafeningly, as if it were screaming, a beautiful enormous evergreen across the street that I had admired and watched grow for half a century unceremoniously cut down and chipped for what I assume is going to be a large generator. The little yellow and blue flags marching up the front lawn indicate this. During the next power outage that thing will be screaming directly into my house.

    1. Yup, pretty much a very sad daily occurrence all around this town. It is shocking how people do not value their trees. I shudder every time a house is up for sale in my hood. But it’s like the voting habits. They leave the city and want to create the same city environment when they get here. What’s most shocking is how cold they are when they take the decision. Yes, we are doomed.

  5. Ridgewood’s mayor and most of the counsel members could care less about Schedlers’ historical property.Or the neighborhood surrounding it.Which will forced to deal with this massive sports complex on a daily basics. Why should they care? It’s not in their neighborhood!! Hundreds of trees have already been downed. Now the remaining few are ear marked as well.
    I guess the 16 sports fields we already have here isn’t sufficient enough for the sports people is it??
    This is a total disgrace

    1. and no one is using Orchard cause it doesn’t look good. Really?

  6. Ridgewood is not a GREEN Village. This is all for show so that they can get grant money and give the appearance that the have these committees, but it doesn’t align with their playbook, you know the one where the lie and scheme and move money around for their special interest projects, like the ballfield on a historic property. They talk about things like “No Mow May” as a priority and non gas powered blowers and mowers because they are so sustainable minded. Hogwash. This council, specifically Deputy Mayor Pam Perron (liaison for Green Ridgewood), Siobahn Winograd (liaison for the Shade Tree Committee), Evan Weitz (liaison for the Historic Preservation Committee) and most especially Mayor Vagianos who is the biggest flip flopper we have witnessed to date, will do whatever he can to advance his own interests in the CBD and cater to the whims of the sports organizations who voted for him. #GREENWASHING, just like Pam said at the council meeting. Yes Pam, you are correct and please remember you voted to pave paradise and put up a parking lot and the giant field. literally!

    1. Perhaps the counsel members you mentioned should look up the definition of the word “liaison. Because that word does not mean just support one special interest group that voted you in! And let’s not forget Mayor Vagianos and his role in this whole debacle.I really don’t know how these people can get up every morning and look at themselves in the mirror and not cringe!

  7. A village in turmoil.

    1. You’ve got that right. half the village wants to recall paul!!

  8. The Village is definitely greenwashing and all of the proclamations on trees, green Ridgewood nonsense, and all of the other initiatives that they can put on posters that look good and that they constantly parade around with is nonsensical when you do not walk the talk. I think they only do it because they have to in order to get funding from any and all agencies that are giving away free money. But the total lying, manipulation, greed for some kind of personal gain is just too much (personal gain could also apply to buying votes or pay to play). There is so much unnecessary BS going on, collusion, corruption (IMO) half of the stuff we don’t know about and what we do know about, no one does anything.

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