January 5th   | 2018
American Grove is looking forward to all things to come in the New Year 

January has returned with many opportunities to warm our tree-lovin' hearts. American Grove has resources + care advice for growing saplings and healthy community forests. Let's take advantage of this clean slate opportunity to do everything we've been dreaming of. Let's make this the year of passion and team work to manifest our goals and make our urban forestry dreams come true! 2018 is a new wave; help American Grove create a ripple effect for tree lovers everywhere. What are your intentions for the New Year? How and what can we help you accomplish?


Feeling like you're stuck in a mental winter snowstorm? Bundle up and take a brisk walk through a local forest to improve your mood and receive health benefits. Nature improves the quality of well being for all ages. Public health officials tout the immense benefits from exposure to nature, noting that crime, anxiety, stress and ADHD symptoms can be reduced, resulting in healthier communities. Want to get healthy in the new year? Check out AmericanGrove.org to see all the health benefits nature has to offer!  
National Canopy Coverage

As youngsters develop into inquisitive and curious individuals, it is important we encourage the behaviors that are essential to their growth. Upon reading  Why our kids need forests for true learning  by Linda McGurk, we had a long thought about America's structured educational system. "Many early childhood experts consider physical activity and unstructured play the two main pillars for learning and a healthy development for preschoolers," McGurk tells us. Her article   explores an alternative to ordinary classroom learning.  

In national news, the west side of the White House will soon be a little less green. We are sad to share that after 200 years, the Jackson Magnolia  has been scheduled to be removed. In more recent years the historic specimen has demanded more attention and help from  the Specialists at the United States National Arboretum. Experts tell CNN, "The overall architecture and structure of the tree is greatly compromised and the tree is completely dependent on the artificial support. Without the extensive cabling system, the tree would have fallen years ago." View the full article here.

Check out our most recent discussions, and post your own our national blog,  Canopy Coverage .  Shared events or experience may be featured in upcoming editions of our monthly newsletter! 
Douglas Brinkley, New York Times bestselling historian, has created an enchanting biography regarding one of the greatest conservationist of our time, our nation's 26th president, who is the star of  The Wilderness Warrior: Theodore Roosevelt and the Crusade for America.  This riveting work of art gives us a mirror into the past, painting a modern portrait of the man often referred to as the father of conservation.  Brinkley poetically describes the details of the alluring landscapes this conservationist hero fell in love with over 100 years ago.

This biography is entertaining and encompasses Roosevelt's many tremendous feats that not only shaped our nation's history but also defined the future of the continental US. His noble crusades resulted in the preservation of over 234 million acres of wild land, including the protection of 2,000 year old redwood trees. Roosevelt's pioneering environmental policies are responsible for the creation of the National Wildlife Refuge System, United States Forest Service, and the Biological Survey. The book, an outstanding read for any nature or history buff, can be purchased  here!    Have a favorite forestry book? Join our online book club by visiting our  Good Reads  tab!
SMA 2018 Urban Tree of the Year is..

The Society of Municipal Arborists has named 2018's Urban Tree of the year. The tulip tree (Liriodendron tulipifera) is a member of the magnolia family and native to much of the Eastern United States. When considering the winner for this award, the SMA not only picked a beautiful flowering specimen, but one that is fast-growing, beneficial to various wildlife, and can flourish in a range of soil types. The SMA recognizes the underutilized, attractive, and useful tulip tree for its service to urban forests and encourages its use when matched appropriately to site and as part of a diverse urban tree inventory. 
Photo by Steve Cothrel 
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2017's Best Moments

The American Grove community had many favorite moments throughout 2017. And looking back, many of our best moments were spent off our devices. For many of us, our phones were turned off or muted as our hands were occupied with pruning tools, our fingernails were full of soil, or we were engaged in inspiring conversations at the Partners in Community Forestry conference in Tulsa. Thank you to everyone who has been present since American Grove was a seedling, and hello to all the new blooms in our multimedia forest! We are happy to be involved in so many urban forestry accomplishments in 2017, and we hope that the New Year is full of continued growth and fruitfulness. Cheers to more tree planting events, educational workshops, thought-provoking conversations, and continuing to plant our legacies in the new year. Don't forget to tag us in all your 2018 adventures on social media!


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