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Green space and urban forests for health and well-being

Why is it part of Imagine Grinnell’s mission to promote a healthy environment? Research tells us that green space and trees in urban areas contribute even more than shade and air quality improvement. The natural environment creates its own space, with many benefits for health and well-being.

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Green Cities: Good Health has a website connecting people to research on many dimensions of health and the natural environment (University of Washington).

The USDA Forest Service released a publication assessing the USA’s urban forest called “Connecting People with Ecosystems in the 21st Century.”

Donovan et al. released a study in January 2013 on “The Relationship Between Trees and Human Health, Evidence from the Spread of the Emerald Ash Borer” (Pacific Northwest Research Station and USDA Forest Service).