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Written By Karl VonBerg.

Posted on July 31st, 2020.

Tagged with NYC Watershed.

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Have you ever thought of all that trees do for us, for wildlife, and for the planet? Take a break and ponder how amazing and diverse they are!

We often think of trees in very restricted ways, but they have so many benefits. Let’s check some of them out:

  • The beauty trees create is arguably at its peak when they display their autumn colors.


    The radiant colors of fall foliage.

  • Trees in the woods can actually calm you and benefit your overall health. Check out forest bathing.
  • Trees in the woods can shade and cool you in the summer. Conversely, they can block the wind and help to keep you warm in the winter.
  • Trees in the woods can clean the water that flows through them.

    A woods cleans water.

  • Maple trees make sap which we can use to produce maple syrup.

    Tubing is used to collect sap to produce maple syrup.

  • The woods can be a beautiful place to take a walk, relax and enjoy the sights and sounds of the natural world.

    Morning fog provides a peaceful setting for a woods hike.

  • Trees in the woods can create habitat to grow mushrooms, ginseng and other forest medicinals.
  • Trees in the woods provide all sorts of products. Check out this blog: Wood Does What?

    Blue or black cohosh, a forest medicinal.

  • Trees in the woods provide habitat for literally hundreds of critters, giving them the food, cover and water they need to survive. 

    This chipmunk relies on the trees in the woods to survive.

  • Trees in the woods can store carbon, potentially helping to slow earth’s warming.
  • Trees in the woods can find amazing places to grow.

    This black birch started growing on top of a rotting stump.

I’ll bet you can come up with many other things that trees do. Share your favorites here with the MyWoodlot Team.

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