From a personal perspective, we know that living in a place with plenty of trees makes you feel good. A new study by Thomas Astell-Burt and Xiaoqi Feng of the University of Wollongong in New South Wales takes that a step further.
The researchers report that living in areas where 30 percent or more of the outdoor space is dominated by tree canopy was associated with 31 percent lower odds of psychological distress, compared to people living in areas with 0 to 9 percent tree canopy.
This backs up previous studies which associate “green space” with improved mental and physical health, but notes that open grassland does not show the same correlation with improved health.
Lodi has a reasonable policy for public trees, with some considerations for private trees. The city, however, is no longer listed as a Tree City USA member. The planting and care of healthy trees is something we can all do.
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