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Trees and Forests

  • Reduce smog and other forms of pollution by filtering out many airborne pollutants linked to heart disease, respiratory illnesses, diabetes, and cancer
  • Provide shade, reducing health risks from solar radiation
  • Provide natural air conditioning, reducing health risks from high summer temperatures
  • Absorb rainfall and snowmelt, reducing flooding and recharging aquifers
  • Support recreation activities such as hiking, bird-watching, camping and picnicking

Wetlands, Lakes and Rivers

  • Filter sediment, nutrients and pollution, helping to clean our drinking water sources
  • Recharge groundwater and reduce risks of flooding
  • Moderate the local climate
  • Support recreation activities such as swimming, fishing and canoeing
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Parks and Trails

  • Provide natural settings for outdoor recreation and physical activities
  • Provide contact with nature to support mental health and emotional well-being
  • Create attractive, liveable communities