When you imagine a city, do you picture trees?
You should! Nearly one-quarter of America’s tree canopy exists in our backyards, city streets and parks, and they are essential to healthy communities. Trees clean our air, purify our drinking water and can even keep cities cooler in the summer months. Trees can also help cities reduce air and water pollution, reduce asthma and improve our overall health, and increase property values. The trees, plants and parks in a city are as important as roads, sewers and water systems. When we take care of the trees, they can take care of us.
To learn more about our efforts to improve the health of America’s trees that engage people in hands-on tree care and inspire a new generation of environmental stewards, check out our Healthy Trees, Healthy Cities Initiative.