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Maps are naturally populated with trees in a new city location, but I haven't yet found a way to add trees back to the location without placing parks and other "buildings".

Should I do my best to build around natural trees? Do they benefit my city by increasing land value?

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I do not yet know whether the forest is anything but cosmetic, but from the land value map it looks like the trees do not do much of anything, although in SimCity 4 wild vegetation was an important tool for increasing desirability.

To plant or cut-down the forest one needs to select Parks > Nature (§§) then scroll to the right where they would find the tools for the job, as seen on the screenshot below.

There is no immediate reaction to the use of the tool (except for the money leaving one’s account in an instant, much like EA pre-order), but I suppose it grows over time (much like Origin’s delivery of pre-ordered titles on release day). That said, try as I may, I had not had any tree show up anywhere I had planted, so this tool still needs figuring out.

The above quote is wrong, trees do show up immediately, but not always. Still do not know if it is a feature or a bug.

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Apologies for strange and foreign tongue as per interface. I am yet to figure out how to change it for demonstration purposes.

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According to this post, forests reduce pollution – BlueRaja - Danny Pflughoeft Mar 8 '13 at 12:33
@BlueRaja-DannyPflughoeft, I know it has been discussed (here too, check the comments to the second answer), but no one showed the evidence just yet, and I have not experienced it (again, cause I did not have as much pollution). So until it is known for sure, I’m not going to assume anything. – theUg Mar 8 '13 at 17:00
@theUg my trees vs air pollution has failed. In SimCity 4, trees eat air pollution. In SimCity 2013, air pollution eats trees. – David B Mar 9 '13 at 1:20
@DavidB, I am not sure if it’s air or soil pollution, but I did notice that trees I had planted downwind from the factory (also in the zone of soil pollution) rarefied and eventually disappeared. – theUg Mar 10 '13 at 23:07

They help against air pollution. You might have to replant them several times to get the air pollution to a level the trees can thrive with/accept.

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Forests accelerate repair of ground pollution, and will die over time. They do not consume all ground pollution, so trees need to be replanted.

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