According to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Urban Forestry program, trees are vitally important to cities, villages and towns. Like electricity and water, an urban tree canopy is part of a community’s infrastructure, providing valuable environmental, economic and social benefits. Well-managed urban forests pay back nearly three times the cost to plant and maintain them.
These benefits include boosting public health. Researchers have repeatedly found evidence for improved mental health with exposure to nature. Trees and green environments support relaxation and reduce stress. This improves overall mental health, mood and life function. There’s an economic advantage, too: reduced treatment costs and improved worker productivity.
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