The Scientific Benefit of Trees: A Literature Review

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This resource is an annotated bibliography covering research findings on the benefit of trees with citations and and a printable PDF version. Categories of tree benefits covered in this review include water, crime prevention, physical health, financial, social and cultural impacts, influence on mortality rates, mental health, energy bills, and ecosystem services.

While not comprehensive, this list provides an overview of the many scientific benefits that trees, and greenspace with trees, provide to people  directly and indirectly.


About the Chicago Region Trees Initiative

The Chicago Region Trees Initiative (CRTI) is a partnership for coordinated action on key issues facing trees. It is the largest such initiative in the country, with leading organizations and agencies from across the seven-county metropolitan region working together. CRTI is leveraging funding, knowledge, skills, and expertise to build a healthier, more diverse regional forest.

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