U.S. Forest Service Encourages Public Involvement in National NeighborWoods™ Month 2012

Washington, DC (October 17, 2012)- In a new video, U.S. Forest Service Associate Chief Mary Wagner issues a public call for Americans to take action to plant and care for trees in their communities during National NeighborWoodsTM Month 2012.

Explaining the benefits of urban forests for people and communities, Associate Chief Wagner encourages everyone “to get involved—both personally and professionally” during National NeighborWoodsTM Month, the annual October celebration of trees and green communities. Watch the video:

Learn more about how to get involved in National NeighborWoodsTM Month, and read the full message from Associate Chief Wagner:

Hi, I’m Mary Wagner, Associate Chief of the U.S. Forest Service.

The Forest Service works with partners all across America to make sure that our nation’s forests remain healthy and vibrant, both now and for generations to come. We work with people like you to care for the trees in communities like yours, all across our nation.

America’s forests are some of our nation’s most beautiful treasures, and you don’t have to travel far to experience the wonder of America’s Great Outdoors. There’s a remarkable forest right outside your door, including the trees in your own neighborhood—right in your own backyard. America’s urban forests include over 3 billion trees. Those trees provide all kinds of services to over 220 million Americans.

These trees work hard. You may not be able to see it, but every day these trees improve our environment and our quality of life. They clean the air, reduce energy use, prevent stormwater damage, and fight climate change. At the same time, they make our towns and neighborhoods more beautiful places to live, work, and play.

This October you have a great opportunity to help keep those benefits coming. You can help protect and grow America’s urban forests by taking part in National NeighborWoods Month.

National NeighborWoods Month is an annual celebration of the trees in communities like yours. Throughout October tens of thousands of volunteers will plant and care for trees in hundreds of communities nationwide.

I encourage you to get involved–both personally and professionally. Whether you’re organizing a tree planting event or just looking to volunteer, all you need to do is visit www.NeighborWoodsMonth.org. It’s an easy, fun, and meaningful way to make a difference in your neighborhood while also improving America’s Great Outdoors.

Together we can make a real difference. We can have a real impact on the health, livability, and long-term sustainability of communities like yours by protecting and growing our urban trees.

This October, please join the Forest Service and all our partners in caring for the trees in your community during National NeighborWoods Month.

Related Resources:

National NeighborWoods Month
U.S. Forest Service