Trees also have a psychological value, Bassuk said. They make people feel better and more relaxed by providing them a sense of neighborhood and a vision of beauty.
Steve Chamberlain, the street tree commissioner for Manlius, has done a very good job of maintaining the community's urban forestry, Bassuk and Harris said. "Fayetteville and Manlius are model examples of how a community can be involved in managing," Harris said.
When SWAT did a tree survey in East Syracuse, they found that three-fourths of the trees were some kind of maple, which is typical but dangerous. If there is a disease that only attacks maples, you are at risk of losing your forest. Chamberlain likes to plant a lot of unusual trees which helps maintain a healthy diverse forest, Harris said.
Tina Salloum just graduated from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications with a degree in newspaper, magazine, online journalism.