Magazine article American Forests

Whitney & Raja Chatterjee

Magazine article American Forests

Whitney & Raja Chatterjee

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WHITNEY AND RAJA Chatterjee are residents of both Manhattan and the rural, rolling hills of Washington, Conn. The Chatterjees enjoy sharing their time between the bustling city and a quieter, more serene landscape for two very important reasons. First, they are the parents of two young children. While the city provides their kids with many educational and cultural experiences, the country offers a chance to interact with nature in a way that is not possible in New York City. Additionally, in the country, surrounded by trees and wildlife, the stress of the city fades, and in its place they find the time to connect on a deeper level with their children and with good friends.

"I wish every family living in a dense urban environment had access to the trees and green that we do in Washington," said Whitney. "On weekends we get to see our kids play outdoors in fields and forests. Not only are they able to run around, play sports, explore and make up their own games, but we know the air we're all breathing is clean, the water pure - and psychologically and emotionally, we're all getting a huge break from the pressure of life in the city."

It's part of the reason the Chatterjees first decided to become American Forests Sequoia Circle members in 2013. They value the organization's work to restore the beauty and essential benefits that wildland forests provide, but also support American Forests' work in cities, bringing greenspace to communities that really need it. …

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