February brings to mind friendship and love, Black History Month, and snow, among other joys. Because it is such a short month, perhaps it kicks us all into higher gear as we hear the more audible "tick tick tick" of time passing.
I don't know about you, but living through a global pandemic has afforded me abundant opportunities for introspection and for reflection about what really matters in life. Trees, clean air, community, green spaces, shade, places to stop and sit, perhaps enjoy some quiet ... urban forestry addresses all of these public goods. Volunteers and paid professionals alike: aren't we so fortunate to be steeped in this meaningful field of endeavor?
Here's a source of some help: If your town or city isn't yet a Tree City USA, I encourage you to apply for a Council Quick Start Grant of up to $1000 to help you get started on your journey towards becoming a Tree City USA, with all the community building, tree planting, and recognition that that process entails. The application is straightforward, because we know you are busy! Applications for 2021 grant awards are due February 26th.