Mo. Conservation Officials Tout Tree Benefits

7 years 3 weeks 1 day ago Monday, March 18 2013 Mar 18, 2013 Monday, March 18, 2013 6:33:04 AM CDT March 18, 2013 in News
By: Associated Press

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri conservation officials are touting the benefits of tree

The state Conservation Department distributes nearly 100,000 native tree seedlings to fourth-grade students from more than 1,000 schools during March. Gov. Jay Nixon has issued a proclamation declaring April 5 to be Arbor Day in Missouri.

Conservation officials say homeowners can save up to 30 percent of annual cooling costs by planting two large shade trees on the western side of a home and one on the eastern side. Trees also serve as windbreaks and can reduce heating costs.

The experts also say the presence of trees can reduce crime in a neighborhood and protect soil from erosion.

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