Benefits of Trees

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Nursery Management: The power of the urban tree (August 2018)

For every dollar invested in planting, cities see an average of $2.25 return on investment each year.

A new USDA Forest Service study projects that urban land in the lower 48 states will more than double between 2010 and 2060, which will expand the importance of urban forests in relation to environmental quality and human well-being. 

NPR:  Replacing Vacant Lots With Green Spaces Can Ease Depression In Urban Communities  (July 20, 2018)

A Dose of the Outdoors (July 19, 2018)

New research shows park prescriptions—a physician’s recommendation to spend time outdoors—can help reduce stress among low-income patients. These findings are among the latest in a growing body of work examining nature’s impact on our physical and mental health.

Acre for acre, urban trees can store as much carbon as tropical forest (July 2018)

Tree planting is a key tool in addressing climate change, and redwood trees are the gold standard for “treequestration,” or the ability of trees to absorb atmospheric carbon dioxide.

Cleveland Park Streetscape Improvement Project, Washington, DC (February 12, 2018)

The Secret To Staying Happy Is Getting Whatever Exposure To Nature You Can Get (Fast Company February February 6, 2018)

Urban Forests and Climate Change

Immerse Yourself in a Forest for Better Health

Why We’re Thankful for Trees (November 25, 2017)

How Trees Benefit Home Values

Vibrant Cities Lab:  Thriving urban forests boost public health, safety, sustainability, and economic growth

USDA Forest Service Northern Research Station News Release

Trees Reduce Building Energy Use in U.S. Cities 

(January 19, 2017)

The importance of urban forests: why money really does grow on trees (October 12, 2016)

Residential building energy conservation and avoided power plant emissions by urban and community trees in the United States (April 21, 2016): 

Energy conservation from urban trees

PBS:  Removing trees can kill you  (June 2013)

The U.S. Forest Service found links between insects’ destruction of 100 million trees in the U.S. starting in 2002 and increased human mortality rates.

What is the Best Dose of Nature and Green Exercise for Improving Mental Health? A Multi-Study Analysis (March 12, 2010)