American Forests announces the 10 best cities for urban forests and Portland makes the list.
See the full list here: http://www.americanforests.org/our-programs/urbanforests/10-best-cities-for-urban-forests/
Why does it matter? Trees make your life better.
Some benefits of trees are obvious: shade from the sun, habitat for wildlife, windbreaks, attractive landscaping, glare and reflection reduction, and sources of some medicines. Other services, while not as obvious, are equally important. Studies have shown that trees can reduce stress, and that views of trees can speed the recovery of surgical patients. All other things being equal, school campuses that have trees have higher graduation rates than those without them.
Research has also shown that greener urban areas encourage more healthy social interaction between adults and children, as well as lower levels of graffiti, property crime, and violent crime. Tree-shaded sidewalks encourage pedestrian activity – getting people to walk a few blocks rather than drive gives a city a friendlier atmosphere. Suburban and rural children still build tree houses in them. Urban areas tend to become concrete, glass, and steel islands of heat in summer, but trees and other plants help keep things more comfortable by providing shade and evaporation to lower temperatures.
There is no place, city or countryside, that isn’t made healthier and more enjoyable by trees.