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Baby it’s hot outside!
Wednesday, July 28, 2021

August.  It’s one of the hottest months of the year and getting hotter.  In NJ, continued warming is projected with the state’s average annual temperature expected to rise another 4.1 to 5.7 degrees Fahrenheit by 2050 (2020 New Jersey Scientific Report on Climate Change). Heat, especially in our urban communities, is difficult on everyone but especially so for pregnant women and their unborn babies. When a woman is pregnant, her body is already working hard to keep her and the developing baby healthy, so adding the extra work of keeping cool can cause major body stress.  In communities of color, high temperatures are one of several factors that drive higher rates of premature deliveries, stillbirths and other dangerous pregnancy outcomes.1  

Downtown Trees for Comfort and Health
Tuesday, May 18, 2021

In Vermont, people know that winters are long, summers are glorious, and there are an awful lot of trees. But while the Green Mountains boast healthy forest cover that reflects their name, sustaining trees in Vermont’s urban and built environments is a challenge. Lack of adequate healthy soil, too little water, stresses from road salt, construction, or tree pests, and even normal aging and decline of downtown street trees require local urban foresters to stay on the lookout for appropriate places to plant new trees.

Every Kid Healthy Week
Thursday, March 25, 2021

April 26-30 is Every Kid Healthy Week. This national celebration promotes the importance of well-rounded health in children – not just physical, but also social and emotional health. One easy way to maintain each of these types of health is to spend time outside among trees. Spending time among trees is scientifically proven to reduce stress and boost the immune system. And when kids appreciate the benefits trees provide not just us, but also our planet, it can start them on the path of lifelong love for the natural world.

New report shows economic importance of wood products industry in Michigan and in Midwest, Northeast regions
Wednesday, March 17, 2021

The importance of forest products industries in the Northeast and Midwestern states are highlighted in a report published by the Northeast-Midwest State Foresters Alliance.  The report summarizes estimates of economic contributions to local economies in 20 northern states. 

Urban Forest Strike Team - Ohio
Wednesday, January 27, 2021

On May 27, 2019 Ohio experienced a record tornado outbreak that resulted in one confirmed death, destroyed homes and property, and substantial damage to the urban forest across many communities. Several of the large tornados, including an EF3 and EF4 impacted the City of Dayton, Wright Patterson Air Force Base, and the City of Beavercreek.  

Trees Go Dormant in the Winter but Your Healthy Lifestyle Shouldn't
Tuesday, January 12, 2021

As the temperature drops and sunlight decreases, deciduous trees shed their leaves and turn their focus to internal storage and conserving resources. Oftentimes our own behavior mirrors that of a dormant tree; it is easy to shed our active, outdoor lifestyle in favor of lounging under blankets and remaining sedentary most of the day. This typically results in added “resources” (aka those pesky extra winter pounds) due to lack of activity and extra stress associated with the holidays and year-end deadlines. Unlike those powered-down trees, it is important for us to maintain a healthy, active lifestyle throughout the colder months to keep ourselves physically, mentally, and emotionally powered-up. 

A season’s greetings
Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Here in the northeast, brilliant fall colors decorate September and October days, lending yellows, reds, oranges, and purples to the palette of lived landscapes throughout the region. But after the hayrides end and the last of the apples are collected for cider, locals watch a new phenomenon emerge against the backdrop of November and December. It’s stick season. For some, it’s a time to button up the house and retreat inside. For others, it’s hunting season, spent outdoors for hours on end. For tree lovers, it’s a moment to relearn your forests. Against the clear backdrop of a bright blue sky or an animated cloudscape of a wintery day, we see the architecture of trees shine through our backyards, parks, streetscapes, and forested roads. Looking up, we follow robust trunks as they thin to stout limbs and trace them to the taper of branches and twigs that collect ice and snow. We see bird nests and squirrel dreys revealed in the crook of branches; we find new woodpecker holes or the remnants of a wasp nest. We see the scars of a summer storm that took down a branch; we note where a tree grew another whorl.

Instead of toasting to your health, tree to your health
Monday, November 16, 2020

Does an apple a day really keep the doctor away? Well, maybe not. However, eating healthy foods low in fat and calories and high in fiber, such as fruit from trees, is one way to prevent and treat type 2 diabetes.

According to the CDC’s 2020 National Diabetes Statistics Report, 34.2 million Americans, or about 1 in 10, have diabetes and 88 million adults, or 1 in 3, have prediabetes. The good news is new cases of adults diagnosed with diabetes significantly decrease from 2008 to 2018. The bad news is new cases of youth diagnosed with type 1 and type 2 has significantly increased.

Urban Forests Make Safer Streets
Thursday, October 8, 2020

As leaves change this time of year, it’s obvious that urban trees make our communities more beautiful, but did you know they also make our neighborhood streets safer? Streets lined with trees tend to encourage slower driving and statistically have less accidents than those without[1]. And it’s not just speeds that are lowered by their presence – they also contribute to lower stress levels in drivers, leading to less road rage[2].

Urban forests support mental health
Monday, August 31, 2020

As the hilarious, award-winning Nature RX video series points out, spending time in nature is a potent “drug” for alleviating the day-to-day stress we all face. It is also a powerful way to combat anxiety, depression, and mental illnesses such as schizophrenia. The average American is sorely in need of the stress-relieving boost provided by trees. Eighty percent of American adults are afflicted by stress; forty million are affected by anxiety disorders, and nearly sixteen million experience major depression each year.