The Columbia Parks and Recreation and the Davey Resource Group have placed "price tags" on the trees at Stephens Lake Park in Columbia, Mo., as part of an initiative to educate people about the economic and environmental benefits gained from planting trees. The monetary amount of trees was obtained using the National Tree Benefit Calculator, which computes the cost benefits a tree can give to a community because it absorbs excess rainwater and it lessens air pollution. "We know trees pick up stormwater, and we know they sequester carbon dioxide, but until you quantify these things in actual numbers, people take them for granted," said one project manager.

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