April 2019
"Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt.”
-John Muir
Trees and Storm Water
" The canopy formed by urban trees intercepts rain as soon as it starts to fall. That rainfall remains in the canopy where it eventually evaporates back into the atmosphere. Analysis of all research looking at urban tree canopy interception shows that deciduous trees retain about 20% of the rain falling on its crown while conifers retain close to 30%."

Celebrate Arbor Day with us!
Trees work hard for us every day. They give us clean air, cooler temperatures, nourishment and they even mitigate floods. In celebration of trees' innumerable accomplishments and the benefits they provide, The American Grove is sponsoring the 5 th annual Great American Tree Competition!
 
How to enter: Submit a photo and brief bio about your tree, including its location, species, and size (estimated height/diameter) on our contest page here.

Submissions close on May 31st.
Woodpeckers Hungry for EAB
Citizen scientists have contributed expansive data to help tackle ecological problems. Volunteers of a local Detroit organization called ‘FeederWatch’ have collected more than 4.2 million hours worth of data since 1987. Their recent research focuses on the impact of the dreaded Emerald Ash Borer (EAB). Since the discovery of this invasive pest, in 2002, EAB has been devastating ash trees throughout the US. However, there are four populations who have begun adapting to this pest’s presence.

Good Reads
This month's featured book is The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes us Happier, Healthier and More Creative. The author, Florence Williams, explores the positive influence of nature on the human brain. Williams uses compelling evidence from modern biology and psychology to evaluate the sciences behind the connection of forest and increased human health. She has successfully compiled interesting and scientific explanations to satisfy all audiences. Read The Nature Fix to understand the science behind the deep-rooted connection of nature and human happiness.

Click here to add this book to your bookshelf!
Careful Camping
According to  CNBC , 77 million Americans went camping at least once in 2018. As warmer weather approaches, we hear the call to immerse ourselves in nature. However, wildfires are still very possible as we progress into the spring season. We have compiled a short list of safety essentials to remember when you revisit your favorite camping spots.

1. Only camp in designated campgrounds.
2. Create a fire ring for your campfire and never leave it unattended.
3. Only burn wood in your campfire. Burning paper or cardboard creates ash that can be redistributed by wind.
4. Always divide your camping wastes into recyclable and not recyclable trash to take it to your nearest recycling station.

Have any camping tips of your own? Add them to our list here.