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Chapter 11: Restoring Land and Planting Trees

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HealthWiki > A Community Guide to Environmental Health > Chapter 11: Restoring Land and Planting Trees


People tend a garden outside some houses with a city in the background.

Healthy communities depend on a regular supply of clean water, fertile soils, and usually on trees and the resources they provide and protect. To maintain and improve the health of communities, it is important to learn how to restore damaged land and how to use the land in sustainable ways. When land has been damaged, trees cut down, and soil lost to erosion by wind and water, there are many ways to make the land healthy and productive again.