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Tree and human health may be linked

USDA Forest Service
Pacific Northwest Research Station

Portland, OR: January 16, 2013

Contact: Geoffrey Donovan, (503) 808-2043, gdonovan@fs.fed.us
Media assistance: Yasmeen Sands, (360) 753-7716, ysands@fs.fed.us

Portland, Ore. January 16, 2013. Evidence is increasing from multiple scientific fields that exposure to the natural environment can improve human health. In a new study by the U.S. Forest Service, the presence of trees was associated with human health.

For Geoffrey Donovan, a research forester at the Forest Service’s Pacific Northwest Research Station, and his colleagues, the loss of 100 million trees in the eastern and midwestern United States was an unprecedented opportunity to study the impact of a major change in the natural environment on human health.

In an analysis of 18 years of data from 1,296 counties in 15 states, researchers found that Americans living in areas infested by the emerald ash borer, a beetle that kills ash trees, suffered from an additional 15,000 deaths from cardiovascular disease and 6,000 more deaths from lower respiratory disease when compared to uninfected areas. When emerald ash borer comes into a community, city streets lined with ash trees become treeless.

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I knew that

And I didn't even have to do years of research. If you find my adress on google maps satelite view you can not even see my house through the trees :)

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You always bring the good stuff Bob-45

I live in Michigan and I remember when ash borer was first detected in Detroit. As if Detroit does not have enough problems.

Anyways, I wrote a paper for a psychological health class once concerning the mental health benefits of living around trees. I suppose that does not include the infected trees though.

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