What a tree is worth.

Sjur Baardsen sjurb at isf.nlh.no
Wed Sep 21 03:49:08 EST 1994

In article <35nrjg$o0u at news.u.washington.edu> desidia at u.washington.edu (Patrick Johnson) writes:

>I'm trying to locate the source of an information sheet titled 
>"What is the value of a tree?"  The sheet breaks down the value of a tree 
>as follows:
>"A tree is worth $196,250.  A tree living for 50 years will:
>	generate oxygen worth $31,250
>	provide pollution control worth $62,000
>	increase soil fertility and provide erosion control worth $31,250
>	recycle water valued at $37,500
>	provide wildlife habitat worth $31,250
>	provide beauty, wonder and serenity worth ...?"
>The numbers are attributed to a Professor T.M. Das of the University of 
>California.  The operator for the UC system has no record for him/her at 
>any of their nine campuses and I can find no recent literature by him/her.
>If you have any idea where T.M. Das is or any information about how the 
>above numbers were derived please e-mail me.

Could be that he asked my grandma. She always loved decimals, and it's 
likely that she would come up with three equal (gu)estimates in a total 
performance of six.

Sjur Baardsen

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