For the Economy

  • Missouri’s forest product industry contributes $9.7 billion to the state’s economy annually, supports 44,000 jobs and generates $603 million in taxes.
  • Trees along streets in Missouri’s communities provide $148 million annually in benefits, including energy savings, increase in property value, and stormwater retention.
  • Views of nature make employees happier and more productive. Workers who sit at desks all day but had views of nature reported almost 15 percent fewer illnesses than those without a view. Natural views contributed to workers feeling more satisfied, patient and enthusiastic.
  • A study comparing downtown business districts reveals people will drive from farther away to shop in tree-lined downtown districts than they will to shop in downtowns without trees. They’ll also spend more time shopping and come back more frequently.