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Trees Improve Human Health and Well-Being in Many Ways

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With more than half the U.S. and world's populations now residing in cities, urban forests and their benefits have become more valuable than ever. Common sense tells us that trees are good for us--their beauty can inspire us, and their shade keeps us cooler. But urban trees do more; they provide benefits that are called ecosystem services, which include the obvious ones such as cooling the air, and other, less noticeable ones, such as providing oxygen, intercepting ultraviolet (UV) light, absorbing rainfall, storing carbon, and reducing air pollution. Knowing this, many city and national planning and action groups work to maintain, improve, and enlarge the urban forest. Although it's easy to say that "more trees" are better than "few trees," that is not enough for managers, planners, and advocates. They need accurate information, facts, and numbers to justify and improve their programs.

View the April 2015 Research Review (2.7 MB PDF)

For more information contact

Jane Hodgins
Public Affairs Specialist
USDA Forest Service - Northern Research Station
1992 Folwell Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55108


Last modified: April 15, 2015