For our neighborhood, Breck Woods is a natural retreat and a lovely amenity.
In Japan, people practice Shinrin-yoku, forest bathing. It is simply being in nature, connecting with it through our senses of sight, hearing, taste, smell and touch. Shinrin-yoku is like a bridge. By opening our senses, it bridges the gap between us and the natural world. It’s a cornerstone of preventive health care and healing in Japanese medicine. We can practice forest bathing in Breck Woods.
For the greater good, Breck Woods:
- Mitigates risk associated with extreme heat. Visit metrocouncil.org and click on Extreme Heat Map Tool. Search the map for Lauderdale to zoom in to the nature area that includes Breck Woods. Zoom out and you’ll see our island of green in a sea of heat.
- Collects and retains rainwater in the roots, soil, and wetland, helping diminish flooding, purifying the watershed on its way to the Mississippi, and replenishing the aquifer below.
- Stabilizes the slopes and prevents erosion.
- Reduces air pollution by cleansing the air and producing oxygen. See Community Air Monitoring Results for details about Saint Anthony Park.
- Muffles the noise of the freeway and the rail yards to the west.
- Serves migratory birds because it’s an important stopover.
To learn more,
- Reuters. Plant more trees to combat climate change: scientists
- Saint Paul Forestry. Urban Forest Benefit Report for Saint Anthony Park
- The New Yorker. Climate Change and the New Age of Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert
- U.S. Global Change Research Program. Fourth National Climate Assessment, Chapter 21: Midwest
- The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate―Discoveries from A Secret World by Peter Wohlleben