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Trees for Clean Air
Monday, July 20, 2020
This year, as families all over the country spend more time at home, we have been given the opportunity to appreciate the fresh air that we can enjoy on our own back porches and front stoops more than ever. Trees are a significant factor contributing to the quality of the air we breathe. Recent research shows that even relatively small trees bring benefits to their neighborhoods. Just a single tree has the potential to filter up to one third of fine particulates such as dust, dirt, soot, and smoke within 300 yards, and can reduce particulate matter inside homes by as much as 60%.
Largest Collaborative Agreement for Forest Management in the Country Signed
Wednesday, July 15, 2020
Milwaukee (July 16, 2020) – On July 15, the Northeast-Midwest State Foresters Alliance (NMSFA) and the USDA Forest Service signed an Agreement for Shared Stewardship during a virtual signing ceremony. This formal agreement further strengthens the longstanding partnership and commitment to using an all-lands approach for forest management across the Northeast and Midwest United States.
Trees bring good news for Summer!
Thursday, June 18, 2020
2020 has been quite the year already – from extreme weather to the pandemic to civil unrest, we could all use a break from stress and anxiety. As the days are now at their longest, and lots of sun is in the forecast, it is the PERFECT time to step outside and get some much deserved fresh air and exercise.
Illinois is Greening Up
Thursday, March 12, 2020
The Forest Preserves of Cook County, in partnership with The Morton Arboretum, USDA Forest Service and Illinois Department of Natural Resources, just completed a “Tree Protection and Preservation Manual” to work alongside their existing “Tree Mitigation Plan”. This new manual was completed under the professional guidance of the Davey Resource Group.
Logically—Love, healthy hearts, and trees are perfect together!
Monday, February 17, 2020
Don’t be scared by your trees!!!
The logic is simple: If A = B, and B = C, then A = C.
Wednesday, October 23, 2019
Tree improve academic achievement – green space on school properties matter
Halloween can be a really scary time, but what’s even more scary is waking up to hearing a large CRACK when your big beautiful shade tree fails and damages your home, car or worse. But there are easy ways to quell your anxiety and keep your investments safe.
Tuesday, August 6, 2019
Exposure to green spaces, including urban forests, not only help improve the attention function of students, but has also been found to contribute to increased academic performance. While research has continued to indicate the benefits of green spaces for health, such as decreased asthma prevalence [ncbi.nlm.nih.gov] (Lovasi et al. 2008) or better concentration after activity in green spaces for children with ADHD [journals.sagepub.com] (Taylor and Kuo, 2009), trees in the schoolyard itself seems to have an impact on academic achievement. Multiple studies have shown benefits of local green spaces that cross economic and social boundaries, but availability of, and access to, green schoolyards is typically reduced/restricted in lower economic areas which, as noted, also provides health benefits.
The Case for Shade
Wednesday, July 17, 2019
On a hot summer day, it’s hard to resist the shade of a large tree. Planting trees to create shaded spaces has been integral into planning parks, schools and university campuses, businesses, as well as around our streets and homes. When planted properly a mature tree can save a homeowner up to 20% on energy costs (Arbor Day Foundation). For homes without air conditioning, shade trees can make the home feel cooler during summer heat.
Trees and Air Pollution – It’s a complicated relationship, but a healthy one
Tuesday, July 16, 2019
Ah July – the heart of summer and a great month to get outside and explore your urban and community forests and other natural areas. But the air quality in our urban areas, especially at this time of year, can be unhealthy. The good news is that while the relationship between trees and air pollution is complicated, overall trees have been shown to have a positive effect on reducing air pollution, making your outdoor activities healthier and more enjoyable.
Trees Clean the Air and Prevent Respiratory Illness
Wednesday, May 1, 2019
May is National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month. Did you know trees help prevent asthma and other respiratory diseases? Trees filter particles out of the air we breathe, which decreases our risk of respiratory illnesses, including asthma. One study found that in 2010, trees removed 17.4 million tons of air pollution across the US, which prevented 850 human deaths and 670,000 cases of acute respiratory symptoms.