Enhancing Quality of Life

Historically marginalized communities bear the brunt of environmental injustices, such as the disproportionate presence of pollution or the lack of green spaces.

Urban forestry initiatives can help rectify these injustices by providing cleaner air, improved aesthetics, and enhanced community wellbeing. Here are some of nature's benefits:

Cultural Benefits

Cultural benefits are obtained from directly interacting with nature through nature immersion activities.

Provisioning Benefits

Provisioning benefits are the raw products nature provides, such as vegetables, wood and honey.

Regulating Benefits

Regulating benefits refers to the ability of nature to self-regulate, mitigating heat and reducing flooding.

Supporting Benefits

Supporting benefits, like habitat for biodiversity and fertile soils, enhance the production of all of nature's other benefits.

Enhancing community wellbeing also involves education and skill building. Teaching community members about the value of trees, the benefits of urban forests, and how to care for these spaces not only enhances their connection to nature but also promotes the long-term sustainability of urban forestry initiatives.

The UConn Urban and Community Forestry team leads outreach events and identifies educational resources to support you in your community forestry learning journey:

Past and Current Sponsors: