April 25th   | 2017
"I would that our farmers when they cut down a forest felt some of that awe which the old Romans did when they came to thin, or let light to, a consecrated grove, that is, would believe that it is sacred to some god."
- Henry David Thoreau,  Walden

This April marks the 200th birthday of a man whose legendary immersion into the wild led to his ultimate pursuit of tranquility and knowledge . Henry David Thoreau's naturalism provided the world of literature an unprecedented perception of forests after the publication of his journal in 1854. However in 2017, tree enthusiast have discovered a new resource that provides modern ingenuity and enthusiasm interpreted from Thoreau's cardinal transcendentalist novel.

Following this season's equinox,  
Rich Higgins has published a work of art that explores Thoreau's deep connections to the trees mentioned in Walden, the beloved classic. Thoreau and the Language of Trees is packed with evidence of  merriment, companionship, and intellectual intimacy Thoreau shared with the groves of Massachusetts. Higgins explores Thoreau's journal, painting a picture of his comprehensive conviction of trees . Higgins' demonstrates his vast knowledge of Thoreau's secluded lifestyle and the timeless concepts that influenced his actions and dominated his thoughts. He reveals insightful personifications and  successfully embodies the naturalist principles that saturate Thoreau's prose.

This contemporary masterpiece ties together the sundry impacts of trees on Thoreau's lifestyle, highlighting the significant influence of trees, such as that of a resilient white pine.  More information about the 2017 book,  Thoreau and the Language of Trees  can be found on Higgins' new website here

Our team at American Grove  encourages creative and thought provoking  post s, questions
, and tips from our modern day Thoreaus!

Swing Spring in Your Favor
Here are ways to make spring work for you

When planning additions to your residential canopy take a few warm weather considerations to mind. Tall trees to the west of your house will provide shade through torrid summer months.  Smaller trees should directly shade the areas of your home most susceptible to heat transfer, such as the air conditioning unit, windows.. Yard trees can decrease local heat islands created by concrete driveways and patios. 

LandscapeforLife.org is an awesome resource that discusses ways vegetation can reduces your carbon footprint, beautify your residence, as well as decrease the cost of urban living. 

Energy Saving Trees is American Grove's newest features for tree planters! As the temperature rises, remember: t
he greener your community, the cooler!
The 2017 Energy Saving Trees is well under way and we couldn't be more excited to see some of your planted trees! If you have already received your tree, go to the energy saving trees section of the American Grove and post your tree.

  - Conner Nations, EST program coordinator for AmericanGrove.org
Catch Spring Fever 
Bring some tissues

As the leaves return to the branches of formerly bald trees, we are surrounded by the colors and fragrances of a new sea son. Constant sneezing and sniffles have become the soundtrack to my daily commute. Meals at restaurants can no longer be finished without the exchange of a few 'bless you's. However,  we must not forget the importance of this bothersome yellow powder. Pollen is the accumulation of microscopic seeds created in cones or flowers of male vegetation. This nuisance may be responsible for your most recent car wash, but is also responsible for the biodiversity of new flowers occupying our canopies. 

Pollinators are Beeautiful 

Share your favorite pollinator pictures  @plantyourlegacy

Can you spot the pollinator at work? These guys have a job to do, and they look pretty good doing it!  Its hard to not be photogenic when your work requires beautiful leaflets.  

#PlantYourLegacy #PlantForPollinators

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