Trees and shrubs planted along city streets, in public parks and on private property provide a variety of benefits to both people and the environment. By providing shade and reducing glare from pavement, sidewalks and buildings, trees and shrubs aid in energy savings. A healthy urban forest will filter carbon dioxide and other airborne pollutants, reduce storm water runoff, and shade parking lots, streets, residential areas and businesses. A city's trees help to maintain windbreak protection, abate soil erosion, muffle noise, provide visual screens and increase property values.From the air, Coeur d’Alene looks very much like a community set down within a forest of trees. In addition to beauty, trees provide a variety of practical benefits to communities including; reduction of air pollution, screening of views and noises, decreases in storm water run-off, and the saving of energy costs through shading.