I hope that, despite the many stresses we are collectively facing, you had some lovely and relaxing moments during the holidays.
It's back to our joyful task of advancing urban forestry and its myriad benefits--including the way in which our shared passion brings Council members together socially to make lifelong friendships. I know that these friendships will survive the inability to be in the same (non-Zoom) room right now; indeed, many of us will likely appreciate our in-person social contact more when it returns.
I'm so pleased that Dr. Christine Carmichael wrote about her doctorial work for the blog this month. She looks at experiences in Detroit -- why did some neighbors not want trees? What does that have to do with historical trauma in Black communities? What considerations do all nonprofits need to make going forward? It's a fascinating, timely, highly useful read. Brava, Christine. I'm sure we will be hearing a lot more from you and from your firm, Fair Forests.
All my very best,