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November 8, 2018

Why Trees: The Benefits of Green

By: Jeremy Kranowitz

Indianapolis faces significant challenges to its environment and its residents’ quality of life. Environmental stressors are many. Recent reports in the Indianapolis Star have highlighted significant challenges to air quality, including the 9th worst US urban area for airborne particulate matter. Recent IUPUI research puts Center Township’s tree canopy at 15%; American Forests, a national non-profit leader in urban forestry issues, recommends 25% canopy cover for urban residential areas. IUPUI research demonstrates a 25% loss of tree cover in Marion County between 1962 and 1993, the equivalent of 20 square miles of woodland. 

Research Demonstrating the Positive Impact of Trees 

 Fact Sheets on the Benefits of Indiana’s Urban Trees 

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