1) CLEANING THE ATMOSPHERE:
Canopy walkways are typically constructed in heavily forested areas populated with mature trees. Trees, especially fully-grown mature trees, are literally the lungs of the Earth, without which all its beloved species of creatures, plus the human race, would ultimately wither and die. Trees are literally the super heroes of the world. In one year, a single tree removes about 48 pounds of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, releasing oxygen in exchange. And they do this hard work for free!
Canopy walkways further contribute to conservation by providing ecotourism revenue to local communities, encouraging economies that support the health of forest canopies.
Canopy walkways are a research tool. They allow scientists and arbornauts access to tree canopies in order to do invaluable research on biodiversity, carbon storage, and other critical ecological issues.
Canopy walkways are an educational opportunity. They allow the public a chance to see the “8th continent” – the forest canopy – up close and personal. Walkways help visitors understand the beauty and value of our forests, and inspiring canopy conservationists from every generation.
5) CONSERVING ECOSYSTEMS:
Canopy walkways are critical to conserving ecosystems because they protect the trees from which they hang from logging and other deforestation threats.
6) PRESERVING INDIGENOUS HERITAGE:
Canopy walkways provide an opportunity for indigenous people to take ownership over their forests and share their deep knowledge, history, and pride in local ecosystems, and share that knowledge with scientists and visitors.
7) SUPER “HIGH” WAY FOR HABITAT:
Canopy walkways provide critical habitat walkways for native animals that are at risk of extinction due to other anthropogenic factors, allowing their remaining populations to persist and thrive.
8) SUPPORTING MENTAL HEALTH:
Canopy walkways provide important psychological benefits to visitors. In an increasingly challenging world, people need time in nature and amongst trees more than ever. Walkways allow people to take a breath of fresh air and experience the well-researched mental health benefits of time spent in forests.
9) INSPIRING FUTURE GENERATIONS:
Canopy walkways call attention to the beauty of the trees, and can instill a deep love and appreciation and may promote appreciation for the land that can inspire further conservation efforts, both locally and on a larger scale.
Canopy walkways are sheer fun! They provide the unique experience of being at the top of the treetops, surrounded by lush leaves and greenery, often an expansive view, and a bird’s eye perspective of the ground below. They offer a thrilling sensory adventure!