The towering trees and other vegetation that make up a forest provide several clean water benefits. Trees and plants absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen. Their branches and leaves provide shade and habitat for animals. Their roots naturally filter water by absorbing pollutants such as nitrogen and phosphorus before they reach the Bay. But don’t take it from just us! Watch as Avett the Dog explores a forest and explains how he and other animals benefit from the clean air and water they provide. Then check out our Figuring Out Forests and Streams Investigation.
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