Have you noticed how much nicer it is to walk down a tree-lined street? Trees make a neighborhood a prettier and healthier place to live. In the summertime, the trees provide shade and keep you cool.
Urban forests require special attention. The right trees need to be planted in the right place. They must be kept free from infestation and not present a hazard to power lines, houses or cars. Like other residents, city trees need one another and do better when they are allowed to grow in a supportive, well-nourished environment.
Fortunately, there is an organization dedicated to supporting our urban forests:
Tree Research and Education Endowment Fund (TREE Fund) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit dedicated to supporting scientific discovery and dissemination of new knowledge in the fields of arboriculture (the science of cultivating and managing trees in a landscape) and urban forestry. Since our inception in 2002, TREE Fund has awarded over $3.3 million in funding to support:
- Scientific research on urban tree care issues
- Education programs related to trees
- Scholarships for students aspiring to be tree care professionals
Knowledge gained from TREE Fund research directly impacts tree care practices, arborists’ techniques and people’s lives every day. Our work is made possible by the generous support of corporate, small business and community organization partners, as well as individual donors.
Do you like tree-lined city streets? Here is how you can help. The 2018 Tour des Trees is July 29 – August 4 in Ohio. You can support TREE Fund by supporting one of its riders through Everyday Hero. Just click on the link above. I joined the Tour this year as a virtual participant, I walked 500 miles and raised over $1500. Please join me in supporting this important research. Do it now!