Did you know that October is NeighborWoods Month? This annual month-long campaign organized by Alliance for Community Trees (ACTrees)—a program of the Arbor Day Foundation— is aimed at raising awareness of the importance of planting and caring for community trees. While National Arbor Day in April calls for people to plant trees, NeighborWoods Month is centered on community activism, encouraging residents to become involved in local tree and conservation organizations.
NeighborWoods is unique because it brings tens of thousands of volunteers together to plant and care for trees in neighborhoods across the country. Throughout the month of October, more than 125 Alliance for Community Trees member organizations, including Stream-Link Education, hold events in their communities and conduct tree related activities. Whether it’s through tree education or neighborhood clean-ups, these efforts are making neighborhoods cleaner, greener and healthier.
Stream-Link Education is excited to announce that they are one of thirteen organizations chosen nation-wide to receive funding from the ACTrees, Arbor Day Foundation, and CSX to plant trees in a riparian zone to benefit the community in Frederick County, MD. The tree plating will be held on November 5 and will plant 325 trees. Stream-Link will be participating in Neighborwoods month this October by performing maintenance on all our past planting sites and invites you to join us by re-planting where trees have died and straightening stakes and shelters. If interested in either maintenance or the tree planting, email Lisa Baird at email@example.com.
Great things happen when we plant trees. They bring people together, strengthen security and increase property values. Studies have shown that residents spend more time outdoors in neighborhoods that are full of trees. In return, neighbors build personal ties with one another and form a stronger sense of community.
Tree-lined neighborhoods have lower crime rates and fewer acts of aggression by people, including drivers. Trees create a sense of peace and help people with selfdiscipline. Additionally, greenery is known to help those with AD/HD concentrate better.
Healthy, mature trees can add an average of 10 percent to a property’s value and lower heating and cooling costs by up to 30 percent.
The benefits of trees go beyond their visual appeal. They provide real value to neighborhoods and improve living conditions. We shouldn’t ask, “Why plant trees?” We should ask, “Where can we plant trees?” Visit neighborwoodsmonth.org to learn more.