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New Social Network Helps Nature Lovers Plant Urban Trees

New Social Network Helps Nature Lovers Plant Urban Trees

Trees have long been the poster child of those who support environmental protection and conservation. But there is real truth behind their plea to “save the trees.” A new social network called The Grove makes it easy to engage in sustainable living behaviors and protect the nation’s dwindling urban tree canopy.

Based on a local model that was extremely successful in the Southeastern U.S., The Grove provides a national community for citizens engaged in preserving and positively contributing to the United States’ urban forest. The site enables members to share their interests, knowledge and experiences in planting trees with other like-minded nature enthusiasts and to document and commemorate life moments online with family, friends and their communities.

Trees are one of our most valuable natural resources, with the ability to reduce air pollution, fight the greenhouse effect, conserve water, save energy, reduce soil erosion, increase economic stability, and create wildlife and plant diversity–all without moving an inch!

“On The Grove, forestry discussions are open to everyone, from state foresters and non-profits, to corporations and landscape architects, to hobbyists and everyday nature lovers. The Grove fosters communication among these different groups and encourages collaboration under the shared goal of greater environmental awareness and sustainable action,” said Ed Macie, the Southern Region Urban Forestry Program Manager for the USDA Forest Service.

Members on The Grove community can join their state group and connect with foresters, arborists and other environmentally conscious citizens in their area. Similar to other social networking sites, members on The Grove can upload pictures, videos and captions of their tree planting experiences, discuss tree-related issues and get updates on local planting events.

The Grove also offers a tree match tool to assist members in choosing the right tree to plant their legacy or to commemorate a special event, such as an anniversary, birth, wedding or other life moment. The site also provides general planting information and care tips for those new to planting.

To become a member, simply create a profile at www.AmericanGrove.org/TheGrove.

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3:04PM PST on Feb 4, 2012

Great article, thanks Grove we need all the trees we can get, I will definitely be checking out their site

11:09AM PST on Jan 26, 2012

Cool

12:43AM PST on Jan 23, 2012

When we moved into our new home, we planted a Dogwood tree. It died. The following spring we planted another one. It did not make it either.

We decided to try another type of tree. So we planted a baby (5 ft.) Redbud. Well, that was 16 years ago and it is huge now.

If the "Grove" had been around 18 years ago, I could have asked what I was doing wrong with the Dogwoods. Now, it doesn't matter because I love my Redbud.

10:27PM PST on Jan 16, 2012

Thank you for the great news.

8:26AM PST on Jan 13, 2012

Wow! What a great idea! It's like a 'green' Facebook ;) What person doesn't love at least one kind of tree? They're so beautiful and friendly, not to mention life and planet saving. Has anyone watched Planet Earth®'s 'Forests' or 'Jungles' discs or episodes?? They're so fascinating!

5:39PM PST on Jan 12, 2012

We need more trees!!

1:29PM PST on Jan 12, 2012

Two out of many things I miss about my home state is the abundance of trees and the ocean.

9:15AM PST on Jan 12, 2012

I greatly appreciated this article! This article is one that I will keep in my Important Article Folder because of some of the information. Thank you!

10:43PM PST on Jan 11, 2012

thanks.

10:07PM PST on Jan 11, 2012

Thank you

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