In early May 2016, the City of Virginia Beach released “How Do Trees Benefit Virginia Beach? – State of the Urban Forest 2016/2017.” The eight-page asserts that currently an estimated 3.2 million trees in Virginia Beach provide over $263 million annually in five areas of benefits: stormwater-runoff reduction, energy conservation, air-quality improvement, property value, and carbon dioxide reduction. The report also describes the city’s efforts to increase its tree canopy, fund tree planting and maintenance, provide citizen education about the benefits of trees, and preserve historic trees.
The report is available online at http://www.vbgov.com/urbanforest, or phone the City at (757) 385-3111.
Additional source: Virginia Beach quantifies the benefits of Urban Forest, WTKR TV-Virginia Beach, 5/5/16.