Every tree counts toward a greener, healthier, more beautiful world! Do you have a gorgeous ginkgo? A majestic maple? All trees living among us are important to our well-being. Urban trees give us many benefits—from cleaner air and cooler summer temperatures to sharper concentration and feelings of being safe. The trees surrounding us constitute the urban and community forest. The trees we value in our backyards or nearby parks belong to the urban forest. So do the often overlooked trees along railroad tracks or in parking lots.
The urban forest needs protection and nurturing so we can harness its many benefits. But first, we need to understand it. To this end, The Morton Arboretum is conducting a Tree Census—or urban forestry assessment—in the seven-county Chicago region, in cooperation with the U.S. Forest Service.
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