Happy New Year! Many folks use the beginning of a new year to set themes, goals or resolutions for the near future. (If you’d like to review a set of urban forestry-related goals, you can find some suggestions in this Tree Link article.)

In 2018, DNR’s Urban and Community Forestry Program theme will center on trees and health. In March, we are joining a social media campaign initiated by the Southern Group of State Foresters’ Urban & Community Forestry Committee; #HealthyTreesHealthyLives.

The campaign’s purpose is to raise awareness about the connection between trees and human health. You can follow the campaign, and join in the conversation on Twitter, or watch for articles in DNR’s Ear to the Ground blog or Facebook page.

“Healthy Trees, Healthy Communities” will be the topic of this year’s annual seminar series.

In order to provide the multitude of benefits we expect from trees in our community and urban forest, they need to not only grow but thrive. In addition to discussing how healthy trees and other green infrastructure provide important health benefits to residents and communities, we’ll address some of the insect and disease threats that threaten the health of trees and sustainability of the community forest.

Watch for the seminar series announcement in an upcoming edition of Tree Link.

Need some examples on how trees help humans stay healthy? Check out these links:

“Outside our Doors” – The benefits of cities where people and nature thrive.

“Nature’s Riches: The Health and Financial Benefits of Nearby Nature”

“The Calories Burned per Hour in Hiking” – Spend time in the trees and get in shape.

“Why Our Kids Need Forests for True Learning” – A better approach to early childhood education?

“Water and Wellness: Green Infrastructure for Health and Co-Benefits”

Best wishes for a happy, healthy, productive new year.


By Linden J. Lampman, program manager, DNR Urban and Community Forestry Program