Why Community Forests are Key to Solving Challenges of Urban Living

By Dan Lambe, Arbor Day Foundation
Triple Pundit
November 8, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

What comes to mind when you think of forests? …As the world becomes more urban, now is the time to invest in healthy community forests. Municipalities have started to recognize the economic, environmental, and social value of trees in community infrastructure. Strategically planted trees can save municipalities money, improve the quality of life for residents, and lead to happier communities as a whole. …In 2016, Tree City USA — a program of the Arbor Day Foundation that sets the framework for forestry management programs — reached a record number of involved communities. Towns and cities of all sizes are investing in urban forestry. Collectively, communities spent $1.1 billion last year in forestry management. …If ever there was a time to plant trees in our communities, now is that time.

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