This article originally featured in The Skylark’s newsletter and was written as a condensed news in brief.
A new study from Stockholm University has found that smaller forests are better at absorbing CO2, supporting biodiversity, and improving our mental health than their larger more ancient counterparts. Smaller than a football field, these forests have more edges exposed to sunlight and nutrients, which encourage a broader range of food and resources for wildlife. They also have increased biological activity in the soil making them more efficient at storing CO2 in the topsoil layer. Small forests are also more accessible to people and being exposed to nature is proven to reduce stress and improve mental health. And if that wasn’t enough, small forests are also house fewer ticks.