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Summer in the city can be especially hot and sticky, because urban heat islands exacerbate the warm weather. Researchers at Berkeley Lab are testing materials that battle that effect, making pavements cooler and safer.
How would you like to lower your blood pressure, stave of depression, cure your lower back pain, and prevent cancer? Guess what: It’s easy. Just go outside!
At least that’s what some of Japan’s leading scientists suggest you do. And they should know: Japan is one stressed-out country. Between long hours at work, extreme societal pressure to succeed in school and life, and the never ending fear of another huge earthquake, the Japanese need copious ways to relax. In the 80s the Japanese government invented the concept of shirin-yoku, aka forest bathing. Since then, the government has invested huge amounts of time and money into preserving forests in which its citizens can hike and relax, and now they’re pushing the country’s scientists to prove empirically that it works. “We have to validate the ideas scientifically, through stress physiology, or we’re still stuck at Walden Pond,” says Alan C. Logan, an American author.
This is such an interesting article, and totally worth a read. And if it just happens to inspire you to get outside and get lost in the woods, might I humbly suggest a stroll amid the centuries-old trees of the Thain Family Forest? But, I’m sure you knew that was coming, didn’t you? ~AR
The Wall Street Journal’s Ralph Gardner Jr. stopped by the Garden to visit with Jessica Schuler, Manager of the Thain Family Forest, and Todd Forest, VP for Horticulture and Living Collections, to assess the damage done to this 50-acre old-growth forest by Superstorm Sandy. The storm knocked down or snapped over 100 trees in the forest, but, as Forrest put it, “It’s the perfect time to see dynamic ecology in action.” ~AR
I have tried many times to explain why the Thain Family Forest is so special, why it is one of my favorite places not just at the Garden, but also in New York City; but I don’t think I have ever made the case for it as eloquently as this wonderful essay from the City Atlas. It perfectly captures this magical tract of old growth forest that is, all hyperbole asisde, a living piece of history. Thank you George! I’m bookmarking this one for future use. ~AR
Thanks to Complex for picking the Thain Family Forest as one of the 25 best Free Things to Do in NYC This Fall. They say of our 50-acre wooded wonderland that “There won’t be a pinch strong enough to remind you that you’re in the Bronx.” It’s true! Grounds-Only admission is free all day Wednesdays and 10-11 a.m. on Saturdays. But for an extra special (though not free) experience, come visit during one of our Fall Forest Weekends in November. It’s the perfect excuse for grabbing your honey, throwing on a cute cardi, and tromping around in some leaves! ~AR
In order to celebrate the Thain Family Forest Dedication, the Botanical Garden will host a symposium this Saturday, November 5th, featuring presentations from internationally recognized scientists and policymakers who will address the essential role that forests play in preserving biodiversity, mitigating human-caused environmental change, promoting research, and connecting people with nature. Get your tickets now!
What are you doing this weekend? Want to help the Garden recover from last weekend’s historic October storm? You can do that, while having fun, exploring nature, and celebrating one of the largest remnants of New York City’s old-growth Forest.
Sequoias and maples and evergreens, oh my! Rich Pomerantz captures the beauty of the Thain Family Forest in his latest post. Did you know that The Forest is the largest remaining tract of old-growth forest in New York City? -JH