Washington, DC (September 15, 2010)- In a new video released today, U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell reminds us of the value of urban trees and encourages us to get involved in NeighborWoods Month this October. Watch the video and read the transcript below to see what he had to say.
“Trees are all around us, and you don’t need to go out into the woods, far from where people live-you can find them right in your own backyard. America’s forests form a continuum, ranging from remote wilderness areas to shady neighborhood parks and streets.
Urban trees play a vital role in our lives. They filter rainwater and store carbon. They feed and shelter birds and other wildlife. They shade and cool our homes and neighborhoods, saving energy. Maybe best of all, they form a living green canopy, contributing to our health and well-being, raising our quality of life.
This October you have a chance to get involved in your own neighborhood forest. October is National NeighborWoods Month, a time to plant trees, volunteer in your community, and learn about the urban forests where you live. By planting trees in your own yard, caring for trees in your local parks, or attending a community greening workshop, you can make a difference.
This October during National NeighborWoods Month, tens of thousands of volunteers will help make their communities cleaner, greener, and healthier. It would be great if you would join us.
If you would like more information, please visit www.neighborwoodsmonth.org.
And remember: trees are the answer.”