How NAU Puts a Price on Trees

NAU’s Tree Campus Advisory Committee and the City of Flagstaff’s Open Space Program and  have partnered for the #FLGTreeTags project, an educational installation aimed at raising awareness about the many values urban trees provide to our community. This installation will run from Oct. 9 – 16, 2017 and include 23 price tags in Wheeler Park and NAU’s North Quad that will describe the financial contributions these trees provide as a result of their various ecosystem services and health benefits.

Trent DeBeare, a Forestry graduate student and member of NAU’s Tree Campus Advisory Committee is excited about the project, “NAU already has such a well-regarded forestry tradition. The Tree Campus USA designation from the Arbor Day Foundation represents the next chapter in that tradition, and the Tree City designation shows that the Flagstaff community appreciates the role forestry plays in shaping our culture and environmental stewardship.”

Forestry student Michael Daugherty and Sustainable Communities student Laurel Westendorf place tree tags up on N. Quad.



In addition to purifying our air and water, trees provide valuable wildlife habitat, sequester carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, and provide important human health benefits in terms of reducing stress and increasing creativity.

Betsy Emery, Open Space Specialist with the City of Flagstaff, expressed her enthusiasm for the project, stating, “…these types of projects are great opportunities to enhance the public’s understanding of the many benefits natural resources provide to our community. Flagstaff is surrounded by incredible natural landscapes, but our quality of life is also greatly enhanced by the natural resources available within our City limits, including our urban trees.”

Follow our Facebook pages @FlagstaffOpenSpace and @GreenNAU for more detailed information about these benefits and updates about the project. Don’t forget to share your #FLGTreeTag photos and posts with us on social media.Learn more about the benefits neighborhood trees provide by using the National Tree Benefit Calculator at