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Tiny Forests With Big Benefits

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The article discusses the emergence of tiny forests, densely packed clusters of native plants, and their significant environmental benefits. These small ecosystems, inspired by the work of Japanese botanist Akira Miyawaki, have been successfully implemented worldwide and are now gaining traction in the United States. Tiny forests grow at an astonishing pace, up to ten times faster than conventional tree plantations, providing habitat for wildlife, absorbing carbon dioxide, and improving air quality. They also help mitigate urban heat by shading and cooling paved areas. These miniature woodlands require intense soil restoration and community involvement in planting, fostering a strong connection between residents and nature. While skeptics highlight the initial cost and potential overcrowding of plants, advocates argue that these tiny forests offer a promising solution for urban areas and ecological restoration.

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