At the national level, the loss of biodiversity and biological diversity is a serious threat to the country’s health and environment. However, at the local level, the loss of trees is another glaring example of how humans harm the environment. In many places around the U.S., forest areas are disappearing as cities urbanize and encroach on their natural surroundings. According to recent analysis from Dallastown District Natural Resources, which promotes the preservation of forests, cities around the country are “losing more than 11 million trees a year.” In New York City, this includes the massive Brooklyn Heights Park, which used to be a forest and is now home to a massive 30-foot-tall planter planted to feed a planned restaurant.
While most people have never seen or even heard of a forest, the ecosystems within a city are as important as those of the country. Gone are the days when the urban forest in New York was considered to be nearly fully intact, before decades of suburban and urban development led to the decline of forest areas. New York’s new mayor, Bill de Blasio, has recognized the importance of planting new trees along city streets and has even announced he will plant a billion trees across the city by the year 2020.