August 18th, 2012

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Why: Urban Forest

I was a little bit into this work before encountering the phrase “urban forest.” I find it amusing, there’s a bit of self-contradiction to it to me. You don’t expect the word “forest” to follow “urban.”

But the forest remains — thin, neglected, and patchy as it may be. To my mind, abandoning the city altogether for a supposedly ideal forest helps neither the city nor the supposed ideal. And I think it’s important to realize that not only is the urban forest still here, but the needs for it remain as well: air cooling and cleaning, water filtering and slowing, carbon sequestration, habitat.

There’s no chance anymore to let “nature take its course.” We have to take an active hand in the management of the planet, and I think a good place to start is our neighborhood urban forest.

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