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— Tree cover in the Town of Cary has decreased from 99.5% to less than 44%. —
Cary lags way behind many other jurisdictions in this critically important social and moral obligation to treat our planet with respect, and with an appreciation of the results of cause-and-effect.
If developers were to plant noble hardwood trees in front of and behind the houses they build – and plant them correctly and nurture them properly – here is what one single tree could do every year:
Those benefits are gained from but one tree. Imagine how much better off the Town would be with a million more trees!
Moreover, if our hypothetical developer were to plant good trees properly, then have a brochure created that shows what the home looks like NOW; what it would look like with the growth of the trees in five years; and what it would look like in 10, 15, and 20 years – and create a simple chart showing the amounts of money saved on heating and cooling costs over those years along with the ever increasing value of the home because of the beauty of it surrounding property – could he or she not sell the home for a significantly higher price ?