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Urban Forest:
what it is and why it's good

Urban Forest: what is this forest that you spend most of your life in, and why is it good for you?
by Leslie Keedy

What exactly is "the urban forest"? Is your shade tree part of it? What are eleven ways the urban forest benefits your health, both physical and emotional? And what are the six other types of benefit - including work benefits - of the urban forest?

What the Urban Forest Is.

The urban forest includes all trees and shrubs growing on both public and private property within a City. Park trees, street trees, and the trees growing around private homes and around businesses create our urban forest.

Differences between an urban forest and a natural forest are:

How does an Urban Forest Benefit You?

Energy Benefits.

Health Benefits.

The urban forest:

Financial Benefits.

Financially, trees are a major capital asset to almost everyone, either directly or indirectly, because they are an asset to our property owners and to our cities. In an urban setting, trees are 14 times more valuable than their forest counterparts. They:

See also Urban tree benefits: Your Bottom Line

Work Benefits.

Water-Conservation and Erosion-Reduction Benefits.

Trees increase recharging of groundwater; this compensates for some of the loss due to urban paving. Also, trees cause these reductions:

Wildlife Benefits.

Social and Educational Benefits.

Book Choice.

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