Humans are wired to relax and thrive at the sight of green.
This isn’t just woo-woo hippie stuff. As Esther Sternberg describes in her book, Healing Spaces, people in hospitals with a view of trees heal faster. Being around trees can lower heart rate, calm hypertension and boost our immunity. A treed landscape is part of the public good, beneficial to the community in ways we are only just beginning to understand but that native Northwesterners have probably always known implicitly. It’s the reason we love it here.