by Liliana Usvat
People actually realize the benefits of trees in the cities that is why the areas in proximity of the parks and urban forests are prime real estates locations.
The price of houses around city forests are higher that the prices of houses further from the forests.
There are cities that have forest belt around them an other that have pockets of forests inside the perimeter of the city.
Pricing of houses around city forest are between 30% – 30 times higher that prices of houses further from the city forests / parks.
Another urban forest type is the forest that is planted around the highways inside the cities that diminishes pollution
Urban forests as “ecosystems composed of trees and other vegetation that provide cities and municipalities with environmental, economic and social benefits.
They include street and yard trees, vegetation within parks and along public right of ways, water systems, fish and wildlife.” Thus, urban forests are not only just about the trees in the city, but rather they are a critical part of the green infrastructure that makes up the city ecosystem.
All trees provide certain benefits to their ecosystems. In an urban forest, many of those benefits are directly related to the people who live around them.
Urban forest help purify the air we breathe. Just 100 trees can remove two tons of carbon dioxide from the air annually. Urban trees have been found to remove nearly 800,000 tons of air pollution from the atmosphere every year.
In the modern day of bustling factories and countless cars on the road, this service of air purification has become more necessary than ever.
Urban forests help manage a city’s water. Because a city has so many impermeable surfaces, rainwater often builds up rather than being absorbed into the ground.
This means that even a small rainstorm can cause flooding, as most of the water overflows into the stormwater system rather than into the ground.
As the rainwater flows over the pavement, it becomes contaminated with pollutants and may eventually end up in our urban streams and waterways — and even our faucets.
Urban forests help in several ways: They intercept rainfall, allowing the water to be absorbed into the tree, roots and soil. This often results in cities not having to build as many artificial stormwater controls, saving the city and its citizens money.
Urban forests purify the water on its way into the ground by removing the pollutants collected. The water retained by the urban forest also helps to sustain the growth of the urban trees, parks and vegetation.
Urban forests also help reduce energy demand. When planted in the right place, urban forests provide shade to homes, businesses, roads and parking lots.
Anyone who has parked under a tree on a hot day can appreciate the cooling effects of foliage, but did you know that it could also improve your health and save you money? In parking lots, trees help keep the cars cool — 40-50 degrees cooler, in fact— and cooler cars produce less pollution. Shade around your home can do the same thing.
Here are few statistics regarding urban forest and American cities
- Denver estimates $18 million in tourism can be attributed to its park system, while also increasing health benefits to the tune of $65 million.
- Charlotte’s trees provide more than $900,000 in energy savings annually.
- Milwaukee’s urban forest helps remove 496 tons of pollution annually, adding up to a savings of approximately $2.59 million.
The United Nation’s General Assembly has declared 2011 as the International Year of Forests (IYF). With an overall aim of raising awareness about conservation of forests, and strengthening efforts towards their sustainable management and development, this year provides an opportunity to focus on forests with a perspective of making a positive change in policies and action.
This also serves as a springboard for long term campaigns aimed at improving our forests, and involving the current and future generations in the ideology of building a ‘one-planet world’.
WWF released a which forms the crux of the Living Forests campaign, aimed to convene a conversation with partners, policy makers and businesses about how to protect, conserve, sustainably use, and govern the world’s forests in the 21 st century. WWF also advocates ‘Zero Net Deforestation and Degradation* (ZNDD) by 2020’ as a target that reflects the scale and urgency with which threats to the world’s forests need to be tackled.
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