Providing beauty, shade, balance in nature, forest products, investment value, and more are just a few of the reasons to appreciate trees. Another reason, one often overlooked, is how trees benefit our climate and our health.
The Arkansas Forestry Association called attention to the many benefits of trees this week highlighting a series of free tools developed by the U.S. Forest Service measuring the positive impact of trees on many scales including one that allows the selection of a county anywhere in the U.S. for accessing specific data pointing out how trees in that county offset carbon emissions, reduce flood risks, and improve air quality.
Healthy forests absorb carbon dioxide, produce oxygen and reduce air pollution, all of which enhance our respiratory health, and directly contribute to improving our quality of life.
Sound forest management practices promote a healthy forest and maximize the positive environmental impact our forestland has on the surrounding community and society as a whole. Spending time in forestland, green spaces, and parks promotes greater physical activity and reduces stress while improving the quality of life.