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HIS SUGGESTION FOR URBAN PLANNING IS SIMPLE:
"PLANT TREES AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE."

were very or somewhat satisfied with nature
near where they live. Although in a survey by
World Cities Culture Forum of large cities,
New York City's 27 percent of available land
devoted to green space (the highest in the
U.S.) is far less than a city like Oslo, which tops
the list with 68 percent of available nature. If
we lose these islands of nature, it would be
devastating, explains Qing. "We will lose our
health and happiness."
Some of Qing's support for forest bathing
comes from a small number of limited studies
touting the benefits of phytoncides - or treederived smelly compounds. In the West, those
are known as "essential oils," and popular
with multi-level marketers. Statistics from
Transparency Market Research says that the
industry will be worth some $27.5 billion by
2022. And although it's illegal to do so - as
the Food and Drug Administration does not
regulate the products - proponents of the oils
often claim benefits that range from helping
with ADHD to acne. To Qing's credit, he only
cites scientific research in support of using
the oils.
"I am a scientist, not a poet," Qing writes
in his book, Forest Bathing: How Trees Can
Help You Find Health and Happiness, released
last year. But he often slides into the poetic
when describing his research. The Yakushima
forest has a "mysterious, glowing green" while
Akasawa is an area of "emerald-green rivers" he

writes. Groves of Japanese cypress have "dark
red trunks of peeling bark and deep-green
needles on graceful branches."
Japanese photographer Yoshinori Mizutani
has worked on projects capturing the act of
forest bathing in beautifully blurry, intimate
images. It's a different kind of documentation
than Qing performs, but Yoshinori speaks
about nature in similar terms - beneficial
and somewhat mysterious. He says when
he looked for images of nature in his forest
bathing project he used his intuition. "I use my
eyesight, of course, but I also feel something
spiritual as well."
Qing's ideas have spread beyond his
adoptive island, across the Pacific to San
Francisco where Julia Plevin heads a forest
bathing club she founded in 2015. Plevin
says that while studying in New York City she
noticed city life affecting her health. After some
research Plevin found forest bathing and Qing's
work. She even went to Japan last year for a
forest bathing symposium and met Qing, whom
she called "joyful" and "unassuming." Now she
leads private and corporate nature retreats as
well as a monthly meetup for Bay Area folk. Her
club has grown to around 1,000 members. And
she wrote her own book, The Healing Magic of
Forest Bathing, that will be out in March.
"It's [his] research that's made the movement
possible," says Plevin of a sensation that's
much more than a walk in the park.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Woodland - Spring 2019

Overstory
Forest Interactions Seedlings
Forests and Families
Brittany Vanderwall: Saying Yes to Opportunity
‘chipping In’ to Reduce Wildfire Risk in California
Strength in Numbers: Tree Farmers and Advocacy Leaders Rally to Recover Post-Disaster
Tools and Resources
Growing Forest Conservation, Together: The 2019 National Leadership Conference
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Woodland - Spring 2019 - Brittany Vanderwall: Saying Yes to Opportunity
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