Study: More Kootenai Co. trees could save some green Mar 12, 2010 DownToEarthNW.com:
Urban areas in Kootenai County have room for at least 600,000 more trees, according to a recent study that touts the benefits of leafy neighborhoods and shaded roadways.
City trees are more than eye candy on the landscape, the study says. They’re versatile performers – saving energy, filtering air pollution, soaking up storm water and protecting the purity of the Spokane Valley/Rathdrum Prairie Aquifer.
“Intuitively, we know it. You stand under a tree on a hot summer day and it is cooler,” said David Stephenson, who works in community forestry for the Idaho Department of Lands.