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What do trees do for you? Online advertising art.A recent article published by ZMEScience describes the usefulness of trees  as a solution to urban pollution. Beyond the aesthetic beauty that tree-lined streets provide, researchers are finding that trees remove air pollutants caused by car exhaust, road dust and dust particulates from the air we breathe.

Researchers at Lancaster University in England measured particulates both inside and outside of homes on an urban street with no trees. They then lined the street with silver birch trees, re-measured the particulate levels, and discovered the quantity of polluting particulates was reduced by 50 percent.

Locally, the 2013 iTree report showed that along with reducing particulate matter, trees in the Kansas City region remove about 1 million tons of carbon from the atmosphere each year and reduce residential energy costs.

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Celebrate National Trails Day, Saturday June 1!

National Trails Day art, by Mid-America Regional CouncilCommunities around the Greater Kansas City region will celebrate National Trails Day 2013 on Saturday, June 1, bringing together outdoor enthusiasts of all kinds to celebrate the U. S. trail system.

Traditionally held each year on the first Saturday in June, National Trails Day was established to recognize the value of recreational trails and the people involved in building and maintaining them.

Local cities and municipalities mark National Trails Day by holding public events such as walking and biking activities, trail openings, family entertainment and educational seminars.

To view regional event details, visit the MetroGreen NTD page.

Have photos from your community’s event? Add them to our Flickr MetroGreen pool!

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