There is a lot of study on the benefits of the urban forest, and many of these studies have supported each other in their findings. Here are some of the benefits that have been found:
- Trees help control stormwater runoff. They slow down the water before it his the ground. They also absorb and filter pollutants from the water.
- They cool the city. Cities are heat islands, absorbing heat from the sun and reradiating it back. Trees shade the streets and sidewalks, which cools off the city.
- They quiet the cities, as well, by absorbing sounds instead of bouncing them off.
- They improve property values. In fact, it’s easy to tell the difference between wealthy and poor neighborhoods by the amount of tree canopy they have.
These are just a few of the benefits of urban trees and the urban forest. Alliance for Community Trees has put together a much more comprehensive resource list.
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