The Call of the Forest


Today more than half the population lives in cities. As cities grow, so does the need for forests to help counteract the impact of growing cities. Native trees bring health and happiness to people and wildlife.

By 2050, more than 6 billion people — two-thirds of the world’s population — will live in cities and we will need forests even more. As air pollution becomes a major health risk, city trees can serve as filters, removing pollutants from the air. Trees also help control temperatures. Cities are slowly being dominated by concrete and cement — absorbing the heat and making it warmer. Trees placed in cities can provide shade and are known to cool the air by as much as 20 degrees Fahrenheit.

Providing children and families access to forests encourages physical exercise in the great outdoors.Taking a walk in the woods is a great way to recharge one’s batteries by reducing stress. Forests also provide experiential and field-based learning opportunities for youth in the Rio Grande Valley.

Around the world, we are losing millions of trees daily as our population continues to grow. In order to reverse this trend, the value of trees must be better understood. Start by taking a walk in the woods and connecting to your natural heritage. Visit Quinta Mazatlan in McAllen, which is open Tuesday to Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Thursday evenings. Listen for the call of the forest!

10 Benefits of Tiny Forests in Cities

  1. Beautification
  2. Cleaning the air
  3. Supporting birds and other wildlife
  4. Useful for medicine & research
  5. Improving human health
  6. Mitigating urban flooding
  7. Increasing property values
  8. Cooling homes, streets and cities
  9. Improving the quality of life by attracting businesses, families and tourists to the region
  10. Native Trees are sacred
Quinta Mazatlán