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New study shows Phoenix trees provide $9.4 million annually

PHOENIX (CBS5) -

Trees in Phoenix provide $9.4 million in benefits to residents annually through improved air quality, storm water management, energy savings, shade and aesthetics according to a study by the Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department of Forestry.

The assessment of the financial benefit of trees in Phoenix comes in the wake of the completion of a computerized mapping and assessment project of the more than 92,000 trees, palms and tall cactuses in the Phoenix area.

A total of 92,834 trees, plants and cactuses were logged revealing a healthy mix of more than 150 species.

The project's data shows mesquite to be the tree in the greatest abundance, accounting for 8.8 percent of all trees, followed by the blue Palo Verde at 6.8 percent.

"It's important that we know how many trees the city has and where they are. This inventory will help us identify the areas where trees are abundant and where we need to fill in the gaps," said City Councilman Tom Simplot.

Mayor Greg Stanton has declared April Arbor Month in Phoenix. April 26 is Arbor Day.

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