Trees provide a number of benefits for people and wildlife. They:
- Provide habitat for wildlife by supplying food and shelter
- Absorb pollution, improve our air quality and regulate microclimates
- Retain stormwater and reduce flooding
- Enhance the scenic landscape
- Provide slope stability and windbreaks
Trees and vegetation are particularly important in a riparian zone, the transitional area between aquatic and upland environments along the banks of watercourses. In a riparian zone, trees and vegetation:
- Reduce detrimental sediment, nutrients and water pollution
- Keep water shaded and cool for aquatic life
- Minimize stream bank erosion
When trees and vegetation are removed, the ability of these areas to provide such benefits is greatly diminished or totally lost. To mitigate our impact on the environment, it is critical to maintain healthy, mature trees and vegetated areas.
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