Marcus Hiles understands the benefits of urban wilderness and is proud to stand with organizations like American Forests in their mission to create and preserve these spaces. Urban wildernesses are important to local ecosystems because they promote happiness among residents. But they also play a vital role in retaining ground and rainwater, cleaning the city’s air, creating life-giving oxygen. The shade created by trees can keep a car fifty degrees cooler than if it were parked in the sun. American Forests works to study municipal forests and educate the public about the importance of parks and wilderness spaces in our daily lives, providing information such as the fact that two trees produce enough oxygen for one person and pull twenty pounds of air pollution out of the air each year. Natural spaces in urban areas must be created, maintained, and preserved by the public for the benefit of the entire community.