It’s the most wonderful time of the year....at least, for us it is. It is Earth Week once again, and the countdown to Earth Day continues! Already this month we have seen some wonderful Earth Month events and promotions, and more are on the way. Here’s a quick recap of some Earth Month festivities you won’t want to miss:
Rock Out April 20: Once again our friends at Origins are hosting the Origins Rocks Earth Month concert! This year’s concert will feature the three-time Grammy Award-winning group Train. Origins gave away many tickets to this now sold-out event when people went to Origins locations and signed a pledge to go green. But don’t worry; even if you weren’t able to score tickets, you can still get a front row seat to the concert! Just visit http://www.origins.com/liveconcert to see the concert streaming LIVE on April 20 at 8pm EST. Origins has also pledged to plant a tree for every person who attends the concert AND everyone who watches online, so spread the word and help make a great event even better by helping plant as many trees as possible!
Snag Free Stuff We’re teaming up with Lowe’s this year to make planting a tree for Earth Day even easier. This Saturday, April 23, Lowe’s Garden Centers across the country will be giving away 1 million free tree seedlings for Earth Day! Each one will come with a unique barcode that you can enter on their website at http://www.Lowes.com/earthday to learn more. Visit www.Lowes.com to find a Lowe’s Garden Center near you.
Shop Till You Drop (or plant) When you shop at Uncommon Goods (http://www.uncommongoods.com) for unique gifts this week, use the code “AMFOR” at checkout and they will donate $5 to American Forests’ Global ReLeaf program. That’s 5 trees planted with the click of a mouse!
Toast the Town Our friends at Woodchuck Cider are celebrating Earth Day this year by planting a tree through Global ReLeaf for every new Like on their Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/WoodchuckCider Help them plant as many trees as possible by logging on and liking their page. And don’t forget to tell your friends about this free, easy way to have a tree planted in your honor this Earth Day!
Give Us Your Best Shot Do you have some great photos of you, your friends, or family enjoying trees and forests this spring? How about photos of the Earth Day, Week, or Month events you’ve attended? Enter them in our Earth Month 2011 photo contest at http://www.flickr.com/groups/1664537@N23/ and your photo could be featured on our website. One lucky winner will also receive a stylish, eco-friendly watch from our friends at WeWOOD (http://we-wood.us )
Plant Trees Don’t forget the best thing that you can do to celebrate Earth Day: plant trees! Through our Global ReLeaf program, you can make sure that degraded forests around the world are protected and restored. Just $1 plants a tree! Visit http://www.americanforests.org/planttrees/ to make your Earth Day contribution today.
Do you like the group Train? Want to attend their April 20th concert in New York for FREE? Then you'll love the latest promotion by our partners at Origins. As part of Origins Rocks Earth Month, the skin care company is giving away free concert tickets at select locations when you take a pledge to be more green. And as a bonus, for every ticket they give away, Origins will plant a tree with us through our Global ReLeaf program! There is absolutely no way to lose on this great deal, so visithttp://www.origins.com/liveconcert/index.tmpl to learn where you can get your free tickets today!
The devastating Carmel Fire killed more than 40 people and ravaged thousands of acres of forest in a nation whose forested lands were already limited. But since that disaster, Israel has seen thousands of volunteers flowing in from local areas and around the world, all eager to play a part in the recovery and restoration of its forests. These volunteers have pulled weeds, pruned trees, hauled charred stumps and branches away, mulched, fertilized, and already planted some trees. They've been hard at work, and the result is that Israel's forests may still have a green future.
Last spring, we reported on the startling decline of the whitebark pine, a high-elevation tree species that is vital to the survival of its ecosystem. More than anything else, the decline of the whitebark pine is affecting grizzly bears, who need the tree's high-nutrition nuts to survive the winter.
In Yellowstone National Park, there are only 600 grizzlies left. And lately, they've been finding less and less of their favorite winter food. Not only does this mean that the bears are starving, but some are taking matters into their own paws by coming down from their high-elevation homes and moving into towns and cities looking for alternate sources of food. More interaction with humans is highly dangerous for grizzlies, who could be captured, injured or killed if they present too much danger to the townspeople.
Citizens of the southeast unite! A new report shows 10 of the most endangered places in the southeast. These are national natural treasures, all of which bring massive amounts of ecological, economic, and aesthetic benefits to the region:
We need your help! You've all done a great job supporting us in Lowe's Charity Contest, and we appreciate it so much! But the work isn't done yet. We need you to keep voting for us through the run of the contest! You can vote every day, once per email account (and let's be honest, most of us have more than one). The contest ends on Friday, so vote, vote, vote, and get your friends to vote as well! The more votes we get, the more trees we can plant to restore forests this year!
Do your weekend plans include saving the planet? Ours do! Every day between now and January 21 is a chance for you to vote for American Forests in Lowe's Charity Contest and help us plant more trees this year than any year before.
Trees planted in our Global ReLeaf project help restore and enhance forests that have been affected by development, drought, climate change, wildfire, and any number of other factors. To date we have planted 35 million trees in projects around the world. By voting for us in Lowe's Charity Contest, you can help us make 2011 a true Year of the Forests by helping to restore more forests than ever. You can vote one per day, per email address. Visit http://www.lowes.com/give to cast your vote for reforestation, and don't forget to tell your family and friends about it too!
Scientists with the US Forest Service have discovered a new way to predict when trees will bloom under different conditions - a tool that could prove very useful in determining how trees will react to climate change.
The timing of bud burst (when trees bloom) is very sensitive. Too early, and the buds will die; too late, and the leaves don't experience the necessary amount of growing time. Many of us have seen this in action: a late snow, an early cold snap, even small variations in normal climate patterns can cause trees to drop their leaves early, bloom late, or change their natural cycles in other ways.
With climate change fast becoming a more serious reality, much larger, more extreme changes to climate patterns may be on the horizon, and learning how trees may react to those changes could give scientists enough lead time to find ways to mitigate the effects.
A recent study in Portland, Oregon has found a possible link between healthy urban forests and healthy newborns. Their preliminary findings are that where there was a greater amount of tree cover in the expectant mothers' neighborhoods, fewer undersized infants were born. Could this be a newly-discovered item to add to the long list of the benefits of urban forests? Read more at
Want to plant more trees in urban and rural forests around the world? Vote for American Forests in Lowe's Charity Contest at http://www.lowes.com/give and help us plant more trees than ever this year. You can vote once per day, per email address, so don't forget to keep coming back to plant even more trees
Want a way to help plant trees for free? Vote for American Forests in Lowe's Charity Contest, and help us plant an extra 1 million trees this year! The more votes we get, the more trees we plant, so tell your friends and family to vote as well! The trees will be planted in one of our Global ReLeaf ecosystem restoration projects around the world.
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