Friday, September 23, 2011

Ready For Tomorrow?

CommuniTREE Celebration  
Get Ready for some Action!   
September 24th- Saturday - 10:00-2:00  
The Fall Festival-Trees for Life will start at 10:00am at the White Rock Lake Bath House Cultural Center  on the lawn, in the building, under the trees.   A GREAT DAY FOR THE FAMILY... photo ops galore!  Click Link for more excitement!!!


Amy Martin, executive director of Earth Rhythms, relates: "This event is an outgrowth over the group's long-time relationship with several 100+ year old elm trees behind the Bath House Cultural Center, where we have held many festivals. When the trees were cut down due to ill health, Earth Rhythms commemorated one by having artist Julia Schloss paint a butterfly on the stump. It was eventually cut off and the slab turned into an art table for the facility. Another tree was honored with a "Goodbye to a Tree" service before it was cut down. Both were so well received that CommuniTREE was a natural outgrowth."


This year, 2011, has been designed by the United Nations as the International Year of the Forests ( A Celebrate Forests campaign has been created for this by National Association of State Foresters (NASF), the USDA Forest Service, and the American Forest Foundation (AFF).

Throughout history trees have been revered and seen as sacred symbols of power, wisdom, healing, fertility and even life itself.  The World Tree or Tree of Life is found in virtually every culture and religion, symbolizing the union of heaven and earth and the interconnection of life. Trees teach us to grow our roots in fertile soil and reach for our dreams while reminding us to live in balance and harmony.

Trees are anchors of most ecosystems, stabilizing soil and preventing erosion while filtering pollutants from rain and ground water. Worldwatch Institute estimates at least 321 million acres of trees need to be planted just to restore and maintain the productivity of soil and water resources. Trees produce half of the atmosphere's oxygen, while the average tree absorbs of 13 pounds CO2 each year. Shade from trees can reduce utility bills for air conditioning by 15 to 50 percent.

Dallas area neighborhoods with mature trees can be up to 11 degrees cooler than new neighborhoods without trees, and a one-degree rise in temperature equals a 2% increase in peak electricity consumption; and cities are 5 to 9 degrees warmer than rural areas, with 3% to 8% of summer electric use going to compensate for this urban "heat island" effect. Statistics from Dallas Urban Forestry


Tzivia, Amy, Rodney

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